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Oklahoma Lawmaker Claims Businesses Can Refuse To Serve Gay People

The U.S. Supreme Court will issue a ruling on four consolidated cases of gay marriage on April 28, which may result in the nationwide legalization of same-sex marriage.

As a preventive measure against this possible pro-gay ruling, some states are trying to pass bills that will give businesses the right to refuse service to same-sex couples per religious beliefs.

Indiana's state Senate recently passed a bill that could allow businesses to discriminate against gay couples, noted Fox 59. A bill was introduced in Virginia that would allow companies to discriminate against customers for "homosexual behavior," reported The Michigan state House passed a similar bill last year, according to

Oklahoma state Sen. Joseph Silk (R) has sponsored one of these types of bills in his state.

"The LGBT movement is the main thing, the primary thing that’s going to be challenging religious liberties and the freedom to live out religious convictions,” Silk told The New York Times. “And I say that sensitively, because I have homosexual friends.”

“They don’t have a right to be served in every single store,” Silk added. “People need to have the ability to refuse service if its violates their religious convictions.”

However, the ACLU notes that religious beliefs were used as a reason to refuse service to black people and interracial couples in the 1960s, but those laws were eventually overturned by the courts.

Sources: ACLU, The New York Times,,, Fox 59
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