Let's be honest, the question is not whether discrimination in general should be allowed, no one is seriously suggesting that discrimination based on race, religion, gender etc. is acceptable. The question is whether discrimination based on a person's sexual orientation is acceptable. Why is this still a question? Because too many people still believe the lie that being gay is a choice and therefore gay people are not "worthy" of protection from discriminatory practices.
Eventually, those attitudes will change, just as they did concerning race and gender. But until that occurs we will have to rely on the law to ensure that those erroneous beliefs are not allowed to inflict harm on a group of people who simply want to go about their daily business without having to keep track of which stores they are welcome in and which will question their intentions then turn them away because it makes the owner uncomfortable.
-- LISA SHELTON, West Richland