Target: Regina Ashford Barrow, Louisiana State Representative
Goal: Stop the legalization of discrimination in Louisiana.
Any business will be allowed to refuse service to someone based on their personal views of marriage if Louisiana passes an extremely controversial and dangerous law. This law is the answer to the country’s growing debate of whether or not same-sex marriage should be legal and treated just like heterosexual marriage. It is dangerous to both heterosexual and homosexual couples and has no agenda other than intolerance.
This proposed law, the “Marriage and Conscience Act,” or HB 707, would allow any person working for a business to deny services to a person based on whether or not they agree with their marital status. This means that if a single mother is seeking medical attention for her son, the nurse handling the case could deny the mother right to make decisions on behalf of her son simply because she believes children should grow up with two parents. A judge could refuse protection of a domestic violence victim if he believes that the perpetrator has a right to discipline his or her partner. Of course, people will be allowed to refuse service to LGBT persons as well.
HB 707 is bad news for Louisiana residents. This bill would protect ignorance and intolerance and has no redeeming quality for the overall representation of the state. Urge Regina Ashford Barrow, an East Baton Rouge Parish State Representative, to vote “no” on HB 707 and convince her colleagues to do the same.
Dear Representative Barrow,
Louisiana is making national headlines for a proposed piece of controversial legislation: The Marriage and Conscience Act, or HB 707. If passed into law, this measure would allow anyone working for a business to refuse service to someone based on their belief of how marriage and relationships should look. HB 707 is extremely dangerous for many reasons and should be stopped immediately.
A single parent could be denied the ability to make decisions for his or her sick child; protection from a natural disaster could be denied to a family simply because a shelter does not agree with the parents’ marital status; a domestic violence victim could be denied protection because a judge believes that physical punishment within a marriage is just. These are only some of the wrongdoings that could be facilitated because of this bill.
As you can see, HB 707 will not only effect LGBT couples and individuals, it will effect all people in some way. Please do what you can to keep Louisiana a beautiful and safe place to live, for everyone. Vote “no” on HB 707, and urge your colleagues to do the same.
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