When I say "civil rights laws", I'm speaking of the laws passed back in the late '60s outlawing discrimination based on gender or race. Before that time, you had to belong to the proper race and possess a penis in order to have the same rights as your neighbors. Before that time, it was quite legal to deny people their rights based on gender and race, or any other reason. Those laws were carried too far when the affirmative action laws came into being, thus effectively discriminating against white males. The pendulum is swinging back to the center, to the point where it doesn't matter what a person's gender or race may be, he/she has the same rights as everyone else. As for the rights of business owners to refuse service, that freedom impinges on the freedom of others. It is a clear case of one person's freedom ending where another's nose begins.