Yuck. So much for the "live free" portion of the state slogan.
New Hampshire's House Judiciary Committee held a hearing last night regarding HB 1264, which is a bill that would allow businesses that do not support marriage equality to DENY services to same-sex couples - or any kind, for that matter - based on their religious values, AND would protect them from a civil claim of action for such!
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person, including a business owner or employee thereof, shall be required to provide services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges to an individual if the request is related to the solemnization, celebration, or promotion of a marriage and providing such services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges would be a violation of the person’s conscience or religious faith.
A person’s refusal to provide services, accommodations, advantages, facilities, goods, or privileges in accordance with this section shall not create any civil claim or cause of action or result in any state action to penalize or withhold benefits from such person.
Absolutely despicable that something this ignorant and discriminatory would even get as far to warrant a hearing!
Here's hoping that the federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 knocks this out before it can go any further!
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL!
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