Christians Fear Impact of Discrimination Law

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The City Council in Jacksonville, Fla., is considering a law that would ban discrimination based on sexual orientation.

The proposal would make it a crime to deny housing, employment, and public accommodations.

"We've seen where these laws have been enacted outside of Jacksonville. It has had a direct effect, really a direct infringement on the religious liberties of Christian business owners," Jacksonville attorney Roger Gannam, who opposes the ordinance, said.

"For example, in New Mexico, there is a photographer who was asked to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony. And the photographer politely refused based on her Christian convictions against condoning that behavior," he continued.

"Well, that photographer had a complaint filed against her and was found to have violated a non-discrimination provision against sexual orientation and was fined over $6,000," he said. "And that case has been litigated for over six years and it's still not over."

The bill is currently stalled in the Jacksonville City Council, but could come up for a vote later this month.

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