Florida attorney general candidate proposes anti-LGBTQ ‘license to discriminate’

Dec 20, 2017

By Zack Ford

State lawmakers are already gearing up for their legislatures to return next year, and already, one Florida lawmaker has his eyes set on discriminating against LGBTQ people.

Florida state Rep. Jay Fant (R) has introduced what he calls the “Free Enterprise Protection Act”, which would allow business owners to refuse service to LGBTQ people without repercussion.

House Bill 871 is modeled after the First Amendment Defense Act introduced in Congress. It prohibits the government from taking any “discriminatory action” against a business because of its “personnel and employee benefit policies” or because it exercises its freedoms of expression and religion. Given Florida has no state law protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination in employment, housing, or public accommodations, this would be nothing short of an invitation to discriminate — one that would sidestep protections that exist at the local level in cities across the state.

The “discriminatory actions” from which Fant wants to protect businesses include tax penalties; denying grants, contracts, or certifications; or excluding the business from speech forums.

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5 comments on “Florida attorney general candidate proposes anti-LGBTQ ‘license to discriminate’

  • Sure. And the bible tells us how to torture slaves. So you shouldn’t have to serve black people?
    How about atheists? Or the Irish?
    Another religious bigot. And how does he intend to “prove” they are lesbians or gays?
    Does he propose a “test”? Is he planning to give a religious knowledge test before serving customers?



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  • @OP – State lawmakers are already gearing up for their legislatures to return next year, and already,
    one Florida lawmaker has his eyes set on discriminating against LGBTQ people.

    “Hey! Look at posing big-shot me”!

    “Come and join my gang and bully this minority group, so (pathetic little) you can pose as a big-shot too! (Just like mentally inadequate, pathetic, bigoted, little me)!”



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  • alf

    Does he propose a “test”?

    A TEST?!!

    Oh goody!!

    I’ll take that test but then, because it’s only fair, I’ll give him one too! Yes, that’s right – I”ll get an A+ on the test of Bible knowledge and then I’ll make my own test of Bible facts and then, smiling politely, sittin’ pretty, this atheist will watch him flunk.

    Oh well. Better luck next time (dumbass).

    I would also like to take the tests on:

    Islam

    Judaism

    Hindoism

    Buddhism

    every other “ism” out there.



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  • Laurie, Its gonna go something like this.
    “Have you ever looked at the same sex”?
    “Do you know you can torture your slaves?”
    “How do you tell an atheist from a “regular” person”?
    “Would you submit to a melonometer test to check your skin color”?
    “Ok, you passed. What do you want on your hamburger?”



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