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US: Hundreds of activists rally against Arizona bill to make homophobic discrimination LEGAL

  • 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”?

    If they answer to both 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 simply single out Gay citizens?

    Either way, it’s going to do WONDERS for tourism. I predict Jan Brewer will veto this bill … though for economic reasons, NOT because she has any feelings for her LGBT constituents. She does NOT.

  • Not going to happen. The state would become a laughing stock of the US, and business and trade would be seriously affected. Those who voted in support of this bill should be outed publicly for being bigots, and the public should boycott whatever businesses those individuals are involved with.

    When a government attempts to attack sections of its own population, it no longer has authority to govern. There should be calls to have those who supported this bill removed from office with immediate effect.

    You cannot have a functioning government where members of that government use their religious insanity to attempt to attack and isolate people within their own voting public.

    • Andrea_Rae

      I wouldn’t be so sure. I lived in AZ for ten years, twice they have shot themselves in the foot in the name of white christian dominance, once against African Americans and once against Latinos. I wouldn’t be surprised at anything the wing-nuts pull off.

  • rapture

    Wow! the states is as bad as Russia . I just saw a report on Russia today, obviously bashing the states about discrimination against lgbt , and the hypocrisy of negative reporting of sochii concerning said issue , when the same if not worse civil rights abuses are legitimised in America. It was like 2 homophobic, bigoted nations trying to compete on who is the less bigoted but it’s still ok to be bigoted.

    • chrism

      Russia Today is Kremlin-funded propaganda.

      Here’s something for you to chew on. The number of Americans living in parts of the U.S. where gay people have full equality under the law, with comprehensive discrimination protection, adoption rights and marriage equality, now stands at 120 million. To put that number into perspective, it’s about the same as the population of Britain, Canada and Australia combined. How many of Russia’s total population of 143 million live in parts of that country where gay people have achieved any semblance of equality? Zero.

  • Jones

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” – United States Declaration of Independence (1776)

    • Truth

      …. unless you’re gay … in which case you can be treated as a third class citizen along with blacks and Jews. Oh – hang on – we got a guilt-thing about those. So now, everyone can get together and persecute the gays because EVERYONE hates them!

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