Republican says business owners should have a right to reject black people

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A Republican from Hartford has said that businesses should be allowed to reject people of color as a scandalous baker was legally permitted to reject LGBT. Michael Clark posted the comments on Facebook, shortly after the US Supreme Court decided that the state of Colorado violated ‘religious freedom’ protections by ordering bakery owner Jack Phillips to cease discriminating against same-sex couples. In a now-deleted comment he wrote that people should have an opportunity to run their business the way they want and to serve whoever they want. “If he wants to turn away people of color, then that(‘s) his choice.” He described the ruling as a “win for freedom of speech and freedom of religion.” Later he apologized for the comments, saying that he wanted to celebrate freedom of speech but crossed the line and made racist remarks he is deeply sorry for. “I would like to apologize for those comments. Businesses should not be able to discriminate solely based on race, sex, national origin, age, or handicap. My comments were made in haste, with the belief that businesses should be able to operate with fewer constraints of a heavy-handed government. Of course, I was wrong, all business should serve everyone, equally,” he wrote.

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