How Some West Virginia Businesses Are Responding to the State’s “Religious Freedom” Bill

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On Thursday, the West Virginia House of Representatives passed HB 4012 (introduced as SB 11), which would be the state’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The bill, which would offer a way for religious business owners to discriminate against LGBT customers (along with anyone else who offended their faith-based sensibilities), got through the House with a 72-26 vote and is headed for the Senate, where Republicans have an 18-16 advantage.

Many businesses in the state, however, are now making it known that they don’t support the bill and welcome all customers.

This is what tolerance and inclusiveness look like.

Sam’s Uptown Cafe:

Samsuptown

Mi Cocina de Amor:

Mi Cocina de Amor

Secret Sandwich Society:

Secret Sandwich Society

The Oberports (photography):

Oberports

West Virginia State Medical Association:

WVStateMedical

Little Eagle Child Care Center:

Little Eagle Child Care Center

100 Proof Tattoo:

100 Proof Tattoo

TLC Photography:

TLC Photography

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

The Boutique by B.Belle Events:

Boutique

No doubt there are more where these came from.

West Virginia is in danger of becoming the next Indiana if the Senate doesn’t come to its senses and vote against this legislation.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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