CONCORD, N.H. (CBS) â€“ New Hampshire business owners could soon have the legal right to decide who they serve.
Lawmakers are debating a bill that would let a business refuse service to any couple, for any reason.
As a business owner, Tim Kierstead believes in the right to run his restaurant the way he sees fit.
â€œI think each business has the right to do as they choose,â€ he told WBZ-TV.
But as a gay man, he has a real problem with the new bill being proposed.
It would allow businesses to refuse service to a couple if they didnâ€™t agree with their marriage.
â€œWhen the government starts getting involved, it turns around and brings in a whole new light. We turn around and now weâ€™re becoming second-class citizens. I mean, they donâ€™t have a right. Whereâ€™s the line going to be drawn?â€
The bill never specifically mentions gay marriage and opponents say it could be used to allow businesses to discriminate against anyone whose marriage they didnâ€™t agree with.
The billâ€™s co-sponsor Rep. Frank Sapareto, a Republican from Derry, said this is not a gay rights issue, but a religious freedom case.
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