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JENISON, Mich. -- A Grandville business owner who sparked outrage after saying he would deny service to gay costumers hosted a forum Thursday evening at the Jenison Center for the Arts.

Dieseltec owner Brian Klawiter said religion is being forced out by liberals and homosexuals. He went onto encourage business owners to use their companies as a platform to draw attention to the issue.

The town hall  meeting included several conservative speakers and was free to the public. Organizers said the focus of the event was to emphasize the teachings of the Bible and the Constitution.

Protesters were outside the event and police were brought in to make sure everything stayed peaceful.

In April, Klawiter posted a lengthy statement on his business’ Facebook page calling homosexuality immoral and saying he would refuse service to “an openly gay person or persons.”  He also offered to give discounts to customers who brought guns into his store.

Following that post, hundreds of people responded both in support and against his statement.

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3 comments

  • Gail

    “ENISON, Mich. — A Grandville business owner who sparked outrage after saying he would deny service to gay costumers hosted a forum Thursday evening at the Jenison Center for the Arts.”

    Your first sentence is already not the truth! He never said he would not serve gay customers, he said he would not serve OPENLY gay customers. That is quite a difference! He also said he would not serve heterosexual couples if they were acting inappropriately in his place of business and would ask them to leave as well. Incorrect reporting is irresponsible reporting on your part! At least TV8 and TV13 got that part correct. I used to like your news the best, but after this, I’m rethinking which news outlet I will watch from now on, since I have just found out you do not report the truth.

    • Gail

      And one more thing he did NOT say was that he would not fix a car correctly. You really need to actually read what the man posted on his business FB page and not just parrot what you hear other’s say he said. That is hearsay and not even allowed in a court of law, yet that is how you do your reporting. I am disappointed with TV17!

  • Kurt Mahler

    But if one gets drunk in a bar the bartender can refuse to serve and also bar that person for for life apparently….pick and choose situations