Earlier this year, GOP Republican state Rep. Chuck Strohm introduced his ‘Oklahoma Religious Freedom Act’ (HB1371).
If passed, this would allow businesses to deny services to customers if they felt that such services were ‘against the person’s religious beliefs’.
The Bill looked all but set to pass, that is until one Democratic legislator fought back in the most billiant way possible.
Emily Virgin ( a Democratic member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. introduced an amendment to the bill that added a caveat stating that if you were planning on refusing to serve LGBT people on religious grounds, then you must display a public notice to this effect.
‘Any person not wanting to participate in any of the activities set forth in subsection A of this section based on sexual orientation, gender identity or race of either party to the marriage shall post notice of such refusal in a manner clearly visible to the public in all places of business, including websites. The notice may refer to the person’s religious beliefs, but shall state specifically which couples the business does not serve by referring to a refusal based upon sexual orientation, gender identity or race.’
Yesterday, it was announced that the bill has stalled. For it to return to the House, it would need to be added to another bill,
Virgin has indicated that if that happens, she would act again.
BRAVA REP. EMILY VIRGIN! We need more Democrats like you.