Washington State Staffer: Gay People Should 'Just Grow Their Own Food' To Deal With Discrimination

The Huffington Post
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April 30, 2013

Members of Washington state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community should be prepared to fend for themselves, according to the office of a local lawmaker who supports a bill that would allow discrimination because of sexual orientation.

Last week, Washington state Sen. Sharon Brown (R-Kennewick) introduced Senate Bill 5927, which would allow businesses in the state to deny services to individuals based on religious or philosophical differences. The bill was created as a response to an American Civil Liberties Union lawsuit filed against a florist in Richland, Wash., who had refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding and cited religious objections to homosexuality.

Currently, Washington state law forbids businesses from refusing services or goods to customers because of sexual orientation.