This is in regard to Sen. Mike Hewitt’s endorsement of Senate Bill 5927, which would allow business owners to refuse service based on differing religious or philosophical views.
I am a 51-year-old gay woman who was born and raised in Walla Walla. I cannot believe he would endorse such a bill! Really?
This bill would not only hurt the gay and lesbian population in the district but anyone who is not a white or Christian.
How is it going to work when a Muslim tries to make a purchase at a local florist, for example, and is told by the Catholic owner they don’t have to sell to him. Really?
How about the numerous Whitman College students of other races and religions?
A person who owns a business that serves the public should be held to the highest standard of nondiscrimination or get out of town! If you want to serve only the people you see worthy, own a private, members’ only company!
No person should have to be concerned they are going to be denied service of any type based on their religious or philosophical views. This is wrong on so many levels.
I will make sure Sen. Hewitt never receives a vote from me or anyone I can influence, based on his recent decisions! Support of this bill is a disgrace to the beautiful Walla Walla Valley!
By the way, yes, we can grow our own food and we would be happy to sell it to anyone — even to nourish a narrow mind.