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  •  Free speech only guarantees that someone (0+ / 0-)

    can speak, not that they'll be immune to all consequences of that speech.  People get fired for what they say, people get hired on the basis of what they say, and permits of all kinds are confirmed or denied based on what people say.  If, for instance, someone donated to a foundation that paid to defend various industrialists against court cases based on environmental regulations, a community might decide it's not in the community's interest to allow him to open or run some facility where improperly handled waste products can poison the local watershed.  

    The SF bay area has a clear interest, as do all places, in ensuring the health and safety of its citizens.  Gay rights may be a step further in the cause-effect chain than the watershed, but a rejection in both cases is founded on the same principle.  

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