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If you've been discriminated against based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or HIV status, the ACLU wants to hear about it.

What's at Stake

Commercial businesses open their doors to the general public, so they shouldn’t be able to turn away particular customers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Even in states that have passed nondiscrimination laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination in places like restaurants, stores, and doctor’s offices, some businesses are citing religious beliefs as an excuse to turn LGBT people away. Religious freedom is a fundamental right that the ACLU works hard to defend, but it doesn’t give anyone the right to discriminate and violate the law.  No one should be turned away or refused service just because of who they are or whom they love.

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Commercial businesses open their doors to the general public, so they shouldn’t be able to turn away particular customers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Even in states that have passed nondiscrimination laws that protect LGBT people from discrimination in places like restaurants, stores, and doctor’s offices, some businesses are citing religious beliefs as an excuse to turn LGBT people away. Religious freedom is a fundamental right that the ACLU works hard to defend, but it doesn’t give anyone the right to discriminate and violate the law.  No one should be turned away or refused service just because of who they are or whom they love.

Need help?
Fill out our confidential online form

For non-LGBT issues, please contact your local ACLU affiliate.

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