A law professor said the proprietor was within his legal right to refuse service. The attorney cited Mississippi's Religious Freedom Restoration law. A lawyer for the establishment said the women weren't technically 'kicked out.'
The mush happened in Jackson, Mississippi.
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Two women say they that were asked to leave a Jackson bowling alley after they kissed.
Tiffany Franklin and her girlfriend, Jazmine Lewis, were at Metro 24 Bowling Center Saturday when the owner confronted them for kissing. Franklin said the owner asked them not to kiss in his business and would ask them to leave if it happened again.
An lawyer for the owner of the bowling alley said the women were not kicked out of the business, but his client said there were families with children at the bowling alley and they didn't want to expose their children to two women kissing.
WAPT asked Mississippi College School of Law professor Matt Steffey what legal rights gay customers have in a case like this.
Read WAPT article here.
"Discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation violates no federal law and certainly no state law," Steffey said.
Steffey said the bowling alley's owner would be within his rights to refuse service to the women, especially if he cites Mississippi's Religious Freedom Restoration law.
"If his conduct was religiously motivated, he could invoke the statute … and the law protects him," Steffey said.
Franklin said she is considering a lawsuit for discrimination.
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