Arizona anti-gay bill drawing criticism


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Updated: 2/25 9:57 am Published: 2/25 9:56 am


PHOENIX (AP) - Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill that has triggered a national backlash from gay rights advocates are now urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the legislation.

Sen. Bob Worsley says he and Sens. Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce sent a letter to Brewer Monday asking her to strike down the legislation allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

Worsley says he was uncomfortable when he voted for the bill. Both he and Pierce called their votes a mistake.

The legislation passed last week. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is requesting a veto because of fears it will hurt tourism.

The bill would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

All eyes are on Republican Gov. Jan Brewer as she decides whether to sign the bill. A decision is likely next week.

The conservative governor is already feeling pressure from the business community to veto the bill passed late Thursday. A prominent Phoenix group believes it would be another black eye for the state that saw a national backlash over its 2010 immigration crackdown law.

But Brewer also will be heavily pressured to sign the bill by social conservatives who backed it as a religious-rights bill.

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karlschneider - 2/25/2014 3:56 PM
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@unwashed: The word you need is "flout", not "flaunt". It's a common error. :O

karlschneider - 2/25/2014 3:55 PM
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I can't help wondering, were this law to be enacted, how many "christians" would be denying services to divorced/single mothers...which are strenuously condemned in their "holy" writings. Or what about someone who works on the Sabbath?...Exodus 31:15 says they should be killed for that particular sin or abomination. The moralists are awfully selective about which 'sins' are worthy of earthly judgement.

PolishBear - 2/25/2014 10:20 AM
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All the bakeries and photographers and caterers that people think are being so horribly put-upon? They aren't in the business of providing spiritual guidance or enforcing moral doctrines. They are there to turn a profit. As such, they are obligated to abide by prevailing civil rights laws, whether those laws protect people from discrimination based on race, religion, or sexual orientation. Should a restaurant owner be able to refuse service to Blacks because he has "moral objections" to race-mixing? Should an employer be able to fire a Muslim employee because he wants to run "a nice Christian workplace"? And if a Christian florist agrees to provide flower arrangements at a Muslim couple's wedding, do it mean he is necessarily endorsing Islam? If the answer to these questions is NO, what justification is there refusing service to a Gay couple who wish to get a wedding cake or celebrate their anniversary in a restaurant? Does this bill allow people to use "religious freedom" as a justification for discriminating against ANY customer, or does it just single out Gay citizens? Either way, it's going to cause tourism in Arizona to TANK ... which is why Jan Brewer will veto this odious bill.

Unwashed Mass - 2/25/2014 10:16 AM
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So if I'm a devout polygamist, me and my multiple wives can flaunt the law? Can I shoot people I think are non-believers?
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