Friday, August 8, 2014

Last Call For A Post Hobby Lobby America

Just a reminder that with Republican bigots blocking ENDA and the Supreme Court leaving a hole in religious freedoms big enough to drive a tank through, if you're LGBTQ in America, you still can be legally discriminated against in dozens of states, like Pennsylvania.

Two women who hoped to buy gowns to wear to their wedding were turned away from a bridal shop in Bloomsberg, Pennsylvania, prompting a torrent of criticism for the store online and by word-of-mouth. 
According to, the brides-to-be were informed that the W. W. Bridal Boutique “does not service same-sex couples” because to do so would be a violation of their “religious beliefs.” 
One of the two women — who wish to remain anonymous — posted on Facebook that she called the store to schedule a fitting for herself and her partner. She was reportedly placed on hold for several minutes, then told, “Unfortunately she would not be able to schedule an appointment for us because they currently do not service same-sex couples — it’s just not something they do.”

The bridal shop’s Facebook page has been deluged with angry criticism from people who believe that businesses shouldn’t be allowed to pick and choose who they serve based on sexual orientation. 
“As a fellow Christian, I’m ashamed of people like you,” wrote one commenter. “We are taught to love our neighbor regardless. Did you skip that part?” 
Channel 7 Eyewitness News contacted a local civil rights attorney who confirmed, however, that the bridal store’s actions are legal. Pennsylvania currently has no laws against discrimination against people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

And why do I care about this?  Because there's no moral difference in saying "We won't serve you because you're lesbians" and "We won't serve you because you're black."  There is however a legal difference:  one's patently illegal, the other is fine and dandy.

That must change, and it will in my lifetime.  I think it will happen in the next decade, actually.


rikyrah said...

Is Grimes the ONLY candidate the Clintons will be stumping for this election season? I don't see them going out for the DEMOCRATS in 2014.....

is Grimes supposed to be the be all and end all of their participation this election season?

doug r said...

I guess she's still in the cautious stage avoiding saying things Mitch's campaign could use against her. She does know this picture is out there, right?

Horace Boothroyd III said...

What I don't understand is why she doesn't pile up the facts and go on the offensive: all those lost jobs are because the mining companies made a cold, hard calculation to slash jobs and replace men with machines.
That may or may not be the right decision for the long term survival of the industry, but it beats down the lie that jobs are killed by some kind of Democratic war on coal.

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