Oklahoma state Sen. Joseph Silk told the New York Times, that LGBT people “don’t have a right to be served in every single store. People need to have the ability to refuse service if its violates their religious convictions.”
Yes, because everyone who’s ever worked retail knows you have to like every customer who walks in the door. Yeah, that happens. And when it doesn’t, it violates your religious beliefs.
What if bigots violate MY religious beliefs? What if retailers, restaurants and bars along Cedar Springs decided serving straight people went against their deeply held religious beliefs? How about posting signs at the entrances to Oak Lawn saying: “No straights. It violates our beliefs”? Post our lesbian cops — and we have plenty of them in Dallas — on Oak Lawn Ave at I-35 and at Highland Park and pull over everyone we suspect might be driving on Oak Lawn while straight.
Fortunately, the Dallas City charter prevents this sort of idiotic discrimination. Unfortunately, nothing prevents voters in Oklahoma from putting people like that into the state senate.
Of course, Silk’s defense of his bigotry is, “some of my friends are gay.” Yeah. Sure they are.