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Local Reaction To Bill That Could Allow Businesses To Ban Gay People

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Georgia has joined a list of states that have proposed a controversial bill. It would allow business owners to refuse service to gay and lesbian people. News Channel Six's Dee Griffin joins us with local reaction.

Café 209 has been serving up Southern cuisine in downtown Augusta for many years to many people.

Owner Cassandra Brinson says everyone's different personality adds a spice that enhances the flavor of her business. Brinson says, "I don't think that anybody should be judgmental to people. I think everybody should have the option to eat where ever they want to."

But a bill that has been presented in the Georgia legislature would take away patron's options at restaurants in the state by giving owners the right to turn away customers based on their sexual preference. A similar bill has been proposed in Arizona.

While it has gotten heavy support from the Governor of that state the proposal has garner a lot of disdain from groups that support equal rights. A similar bill was the focus of this recent rally in Kansas.  There are similar sentiments in Augusta.

Crystal Hernandez explains, "I feel like they can't even be able to tell if someone is gay or lesbian and basically judging them on how they dress to determine if they are gay or not is completely wrong because they could interpret it wrong."

Hailey Vanarsdale of Augusta says, "No one should have the right to judge you because you happen to like your same gender or anything like that."

People in favor of the bills say they it's a matter religious freedom. But, business owners who are against the bill say it's a matter of fairness. "I would never, ever discriminate against anyone. I think you should be diverse," Brinson adds.

Today, Atlanta based Delta airlines issued a statement against the proposed bills.  It became the first major company in the state to speak out.

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