We’re already getting some blow-back from the SCOTUS ruling on religion-based discrimination as The Argus Leader tells us:
A South Dakota lawmaker on Monday said businesses should be able to turn away customers based on race.
In a Facebook comment, state Rep. Michael Clark, a Hartford Republican, said business owners should have the final say in who they serve.
…”He should have the opportunity to run his business the way he wants,” Clark wrote. “If he wants to turn away people of color, then that(‘s) his choice.”
Clark took down the post on Tuesday to re-write it, saying he’d “jumped in on it a little bit too fast.”
That Clark jumped on it at all is kinda the point.
In an interview with the Argus Leader, Clark said that business owners with strongly-held beliefs should be able to turn away customers.
“If it’s truly his strongly based belief, he should be able to turn them away,” Clark said. “People shouldn’t be able to use their minority status to bully a business.”
And if the community doesn’t support a store or restaurant that bars customers for that reason or others, it will put them out of business.
“The vote of the dollar is very strong,” he said.
The rule of law is pretty strong too, bub, like the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlaws discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin.
Clark’s initial comment came in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s narrow decision Monday siding with a Colorado baker that refused to make a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding.