Bikers fighting discrimination over their clothing

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DENVER -- Harley rider Ray Verschuyl is used to strange looks, and stereotypes.

“Oh there's a lot of businesses out here that don`t necessarily care for our type, “ Verschuyl told FOX31 Denver. “ They see us walking in and right away they think there`s gonna be trouble.”

Verschuyl is part of the Veterans of Vietnam Motorcycle club and he's tired of being kept out of Colorado businesses because of his clothes.

“I think that the first amendment right is very important. I fought for that freedom and it irks me when I`m told that I can`t state who I am by wearing my vest,” he said.

On Wednesday afternoon, lawmakers will debate legislation that would stop businesses from discriminating against bikers -- banning them because of their 'colors', the patches on biker vests and leathers, the unofficial uniform of the biker.

But the bill, sponsored by Rep. Joe Miklosi, D-Denver, who also happens to be running for Congress, is facing a tough test Wednesday when it'll be heard by a GOP-controlled House committee.

“I am just a first amendment disciple," Miklosi told FOX31 Denver's Jeremy Hubbard on Tuesday.

"I really want everyone to be judged on their behavior, not their attire.  And if someone`s law abiding and wants to buy a burger, or frequent a retail establishment, they should be entitled to do so."

UPDATE: After several hours of testimony, the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs committee voted down Miklosi's bill on a 5-4, party-line vote Wednsday afternoon.

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