Wednesday, January 29, 2014

AP: Luker Wants to Shield 'Faithful' Who Refuse Care, Jobs to Gays

Posted By on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 9:34 AM

Boise Republican Rep. Lynn Luker says he wants to shield Idaho businesses that choose to refuse service or employment to individuals who may not see eye-to-eye with them.

The Associated Press reports this morning that Luker said he knew of no real examples in Idaho, but he still wants to "shield religious people from the threat of having their professional licenses revoked," if they refuse to hire or care for gays or lesbians, adding that Idaho must act quickly to protect the faithful.

"This is pre-emptive," Luker told the AP. "The issue is coming."

Luker pointed to a now-famous case of an Oregon bakery that refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple. The state of Oregon ruled that the baker unlawfully discriminated against the couple.

The AP's John Miller reports that Luker has the backing of the Cornserstone Family Council. Julie Lynde, the council's executive director, told the AP that there was a "double standard against people of traditional religious faiths."

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