Brian Klawiter, owner of a car repair shop in Grandville, Michigan, says he will "refuse service to an openly gay person or persons" per his Christian beliefs.
However, he will give discounts to people with guns (except for on-duty law enforcement).
Klawiter recently made the announcement on his Dieseltec Facebook business page:
Guns ARE allowed at DIESELTEC, so much so in fact that we will offer a discount if you bring in your gun. (“On duty” cops are excluded because thats not their gun, thats my gun bought with my money, off duty absolutely!)
I am a Christian. My company will be run in a way that reflects that. Dishonesty, thievery, immoral behavior, etc. will not be welcomed at MY place of business. (I would not hesitate to refuse service to an openly gay person or persons. Homosexuality is wrong, period. If you want to argue this fact with me then I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts and you can see how that works.)
Klawiter double-downed on his position during an interview with 24 Hour News 8: “I want to have a voice about this. I want to be heard about this and it’s challenging to decide to say I’m on the opposing side of what’s seen as the popular view.”
Klawiter was asked about his "I will put your vehicle together with all bolts and no nuts" statement.
“I think I exercised a little bit more freedom than I would on a news broadcast,” Klawiter told 24 Hour News 8. “If you have a vehicle that needs to be repaired, we’d be happy to do that for you. But if you want to come in here with your boyfriend and you want to openly display that, then that’s just not going to be tolerated here. We don’t believe that here.”
Klawiter has reportedly deleted comments (that he doesn't like) in response to his statement on Facebook.
There are no Michigan state bans against discrimination based on sexual orientation, although some cities do have ordinances.
“I’ve chosen to put God first in my life and that he owns everything in me and my business and beyond,” Klawiter added. “And since that becomes a priority, I can’t sacrifice on those morals.”
Klawiter did not cite any Bible verses that command Christians not to provide services for gay people.
Klawiter claimed in a second Facebook posting that he is facing death threats based on his first posting:
Listen up folks, If you have an opposing view to mine that IS OK, what is NOT OK is threats to kill me, my family, and friends; threats to burn down my shop and my home. I will stand firm on my views and will not back down, (There also seems to be a TON of confusion about one of my comments, the bolt and nut thing was a reference to physiology, bolt penis and nut vagina. I DID NOT threaten to purposely put a vehicle together wrong to harm someone.)