A new bill proposed in Austin, Texas would allow professionals to deny services to LGBT individuals.
If passed, doctors, plumbers, and other business owners could refuse to serve the LGBT community due to their own religious backgrounds.
While supporters believe the bill will protect the religious freedoms of businesses, many are calling the legislation prejudiced.
“This license to discriminate will damage the state’s reputation and prevent people, including IBMers, from wanting to live and work here,” says IBM Executive Mike Hollinger.
The bill is one of multiple anti-LGBT bills that are being proposed in the Texas state legislature.
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