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Fact check: Can gay Americans get 'married in the morning' and 'thrown out of a restaurant' in the afternoon?'

Jun 30, 2023 View Original Article
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    50% Medium Conservative

  • Reliability

    90% ReliableExcellent

  • Policy Leaning

    50% Medium Conservative

  • Politician Portrayal

    76% Negative

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63% : The Equality Act, introduced in 2021, would expand the scope of public accommodations and add sexual orientation and gender identity to anti-discrimination laws, Warbelow said.
51% : Local areas may have anti-discrimination ordinances, but it varies.
50% : Legal experts told PolitiFact that federal anti-discrimination protection for LGBTQ+ people would require legislation by Congress.
48% : Missouri does not have anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in public accommodations.
48% :Same-sex marriage has been federally protected in the U.S. since 2015, and many states have passed laws preventing discrimination in public spaces based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
46% : Some states have passed anti-discrimination laws, but in 22 states, it is legal under state law for proprietors to refuse service to customers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
46% : In 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Obergefell v. Hodges that same-sex couples have the federally protected right to marry.
46% : It's unclear how commonly people are asked to leave businesses because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
46% : In written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in favor of The Equality Act, Lambda Legal, a civil rights organization focused on LGBTQ+ issues, reported that between 2014 and 2020, "our Legal Help Desk received 1,165 calls for help concerning discrimination in places of public accommodation."
45% : Same-sex marriage is federally protected, but dining in a restaurant with your same-sex spouse is not.
44% : Bostock v. Clayton County held that the term "sex" in Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act included discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
44% : If the court determines that the constitutional right to free speech supersedes Colorado's anti-discrimination law, legal experts said it could weaken the enforcement of existing state laws elsewhere.
43% : Public accommodations like hotels and restaurants were barred from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion, and national origin -- not sex, sexual orientation or gender identity.
43% : Some cities in those states have their own anti-discrimination laws.
42% : Still, according to the Human Rights Campaign, five states with their own laws prohibiting sex-based discrimination employ that Bostock interpretation when they receive complaints of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
42% : In 2018, the court ruled in favor of Colorado baker Jack Phillips, who refused on religious grounds to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
41% : "I think overall, there has been a decline in discrimination against same-sex couples," said Warbelow, "but it's not an elimination."
40% : But the court's decision did not address whether the baker was exempted from the state's anti-discrimination law; rather, it determined that the Colorado Civil Rights Commission had acted with anti-religious bias when it enforced the anti-discrimination law against Phillips.
40% : It is expected to issue an opinion soon in another Colorado case, 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis, in which an evangelical Christian graphic artist who does not want to create wedding websites for same-sex couples is seeking protection from the same anti-discrimination law.
39% : Absent federal legislation, 22 states and Washington, D.C., have passed their own explicit protections against sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in public accommodations and businesses, according to the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ+ advocacy organization.
39% : But PolitiFact found several news reports of LGBTQ+ people saying they were kicked out of restaurants over the past decade, in states with and without anti-discrimination laws.
37% : New York has anti-discriminatory laws that protect against such discrimination.
36% : "When a person can be married in the morning and thrown out of a restaurant for being gay in the afternoon, something is still very wrong in America," he said June 10 at an annual Pride celebration on the White House's South Lawn, while promoting The Equality Act, which would strengthen federal anti-discrimination law for LGBTQ+ people.
35% :Several legal experts and leading LGBTQ+ organizations told PolitiFact that in those states, people could be thrown out of a restaurant for their sexual orientation or gender identity and have no legal recourse.
34% : We found news reports of same-sex couples being refused service as recently as 2021, but one expert said these instances are on the decline.
32% : According to legal experts, there are no federal anti-discrimination laws that protect people from being kicked out of public accommodations such as restaurants, movie theaters, libraries and shops based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

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