Can I Refuse Service to a Gay or Unmarried Couple?

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‘I want to open a Christian based hotel in southern IL and need to know if I can be sued for not renting a room to a gay couple or an unmarried couple? I know that hotels have the right to refuse service¬†but I want to double check as I was going to buy and open this hotel through my ministry corp. and the hotel will be not for profit but will charge a fee by the night (a lot cheaper than the Days Inn).’

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If you are opening your business to the public, you may run into problems if you openly discriminate against people for their marital status or sexual orientation. Affiliation with a religion will not always protect you from litigation should you refuse service ONLY because of their sexual orientation.

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