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AZ Senate GOP Pass Wide-Sweeping Religious License To Discriminate Against Gays

This is precisely why voting in every election is important, especially mid-term elections where many of us will opt out of voting.  I’ve learned that passing up mid-term elections result in most GOP wins because their people always come out to vote…especially the elderly.  The good news is that this will be tested in the Courts and ultimately struck down as a civil rights violation  but in the meantime, the kooks that enacted this law will undoubtedly implement it.

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On a party line vote, Arizona Senate Republicans this afternoon passed legislation providing people of faith with a religious license to discriminate against gay people. The “get out of jail free card” was sponsored by the conservative Christian Center for Arizona Policy and GOP state senator Steve Yarborough.

Yarborough today defended SB 1062, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, by claiming the legislation “is not about allowing discrimination,” but rather, “is about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith.”

Yarborough has been pushing variations of the pro-discrimination bill that gives special rights to people of faith since at least last year, and one so extreme that GOP GovernorJan Brewer refused to sign it.

SB 1062, as The New Civil Rights Movement has previously reported, could also be considered the religious version of a “Stand Your Ground” law, allowing anyone’s practice or observance of religion to be an automatic “out.” In other words, it would give Arizona residents and businesses the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason, including because they are LGBT.

Arizona Senate Democrats issued a strongly-worded statement following the bill’s

“SB 1062 permits discrimination under the guise of religious freedom. With the express consent of Republicans in this Legislature, many Arizonans will find themselves members of a separate and unequal class under this law because of their sexual orientation,” said Senate Democratic Leader Anna Tovar. “This bill may also open the door to discriminate based on race, familial status, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.”

The bill is so broad that it could be used in defense of breaking any Arizona law.

John Becker at Bilerico looks at it this way:

“Because Jesus” could literally become a valid excuse for refusing service to queers in the Grand Canyon State.

But conservative Arizonans should also remember that as there is no state-sanctioned religion in the United States, SB 1062 provides a foothold into Arizona of both Sharia law, and, yes, even Satanism. Believe it or not, “the Devil made me do it” — if the House approves the measure — will become the law of the land in the Grand Canyon state.

SB 1062 works both ways, conservatives.

5 thoughts on “AZ Senate GOP Pass Wide-Sweeping Religious License To Discriminate Against Gays

  1. If many Arizona stores, restaurants, etc. post signs saying who isn’t welcome, I’m sure tourists will respond favorably. Well, maybe not… LOL


  2. You are right, voting in every election is a must. I am sad for gays and lesbians who live in that state because everything will get harder for them until it is changed. To focus on a positive I will say that there is dialog going on both ways now that did not happen before. I still say the same-sex couples are here and they are not going away just because bigots want them to. Remember interracial marriage? That was difficult for people to accept and now it is as common as any other marriage. It WILL come to pass.


    1. Jackie, the Constitution doesn’t say a person can’t be a bigot, or that you must associate with people you don’t like. If, however, you are engaged in a busines or service, it has been decided that the ‘law of the land’ requires you to to serve everyone. That doesn’t apply to churches, however, because a church may do as it wishes about who to admit or serve.

      Private or public businesses that serve the public are bound by “equal in the eyes of the law” and must treat every customer the same.

      I am certain (an educated guess?) that Arizona’s “Discrimination Law” will eventually be heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Republicans complain about the 9th being a liberal-stamp court, so let’s see how well the Arizona GOP makes out on this one.


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