In 1993 the federal government passed the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law was intended to protect Native Americans in danger of losing their jobs because of religious ceremonies that involved the illegal drug peyote. Since then 20 states have passed their own versions of the “religious freedom” laws and 12 more have introduced the legislation this year. Supporters of the law argue that the government shouldn't force religious businesses and churches to serve customers who participate in lifestyles contrary to their owners’ beliefs. Proponents of the law argue that the political context has changed since 1992 and states are now passing their own versions of the law with the intent of discriminating against gay and lesbian couples.
There's a fine line here - refusing service at a restaurant to a gay couple is not okay. Requesting a different seat on an airplane because you're forbidden to touch women you're not related to should be accommodated.
Business owners shouldn´t be allowed to deny service to anyone, whether they have different beliefs or not. However, if the customer causes a scene by projecting their beliefs loudly and impolitely, then the owner has the right to deny them service.
Only if it can be proven that the service required is religious or anti-religious in nature, and/or that no other business within a one hour drive of the customer's residence can provide a similar service at similar cost.
This question is too broad. I don't think anyone should be able to be denied service at a restaurant for example. But I don't think a marriage therapist should be forced to give counseling to a gay couple 50 marriage is something that they don't support.
I think it depends. If the owner's belief is being discriminatory, then the customer should still be able to receive service. Also, if their refusal puts someone in danger, then they shouldn't deny to provide service. However, if the customer is being rude and disrespectful towards their religion, then I can see why they would be turned away.
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