In response to proposed legislation that some say would allow Indiana businesses to openly discriminate against gays, some Indianapolis business are displaying stickers announcing that they are “Open for Service” to all customers, The Indianapolis Star is reporting.
Indiana, like other states (including Oklahoma), is considering legislation that, depending on your point of view, either protects religious business owners from being forced to violate their religious beliefs, or provides a carte blanche for bigoted business owners to discriminate against minority customers – in particular, LGBTQ customers.
In fact, several religious business owners throughout the country have found themselves fined, sued or otherwise called to account for their refusal to serve gay customers, on religious grounds. For example, an Oregon baker refused to bake a cake for a same-sex couple’s wedding and is now facing $150,000 in fines, according to this Inquisitr report.
As this rather contentious legal and societal problem plays out in the courts, the state legislatures, and on the floors of the businesses involved, Indianapolis resident Josh Driver, 33, has started the Open for Service project.
“We are a non-partisan, non-judgemental [sic] group looking to provide a grassroots network for people to support businesses that open their doors for everyone – Black, White, Gay, Straight, Christian, Athiest (sic)… well, you get our drift.”
Driver’s organization is selling “Open for Service” stickers that gay-friendly (or everyone-friendly) businesses can put in their windows. For $10, you get the sticker and your business listed in an online directory that Driver jokingly calls “an anti-discrimination Angie’s List, so to speak.” Proceeds go to SCORE – a small business advocacy network.