Source: Arizona passes 'anti-gay' bill allowing business owners to refuse service on religious grounds - Americas - World - The IndependentArizona passes 'anti-gay' bill allowing business owners to refuse service on religious grounds
The state of Arizona has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay and lesbian customers on religious grounds.
The bill, which the state House of Representatives passed by a 33-27 vote Thursday, will now go to Republican . She is expected to make a decision as to whether she will sign the bill next week.
Ms Brewer does not comment on pending legislation, but she vetoed a similar measure last year. It is not clear whether she will support or reject this plan.
Those who support the bill argue it protects First Amendment rights for expressing religious beliefs. But Democrats have said the law would clearly allow for discrimination against gays.
he bill is backed by the Center for Arizona Policy, a social conservative group that opposes abortion and gay marriage. "We see a growing hostility toward religion," said Josh Kredit, legal counsel for the group.
Opponents have raised scenarios during heated debates in which gay people in Arizona could be denied service at a restaurant or refused medical treatment if a business owner thought homosexuality was not in accordance with his religion.
1) This is a hateful law aimed directly at the gay community (which legislators all but admitted so on the house floor during the debate), the religious grounds angle is nothing but a very poor pretext to cover this truth!. Basically its Jim crow laws for gay people!
2) The right wing anti gay nuts tried this in several other states and they all failed there because of the public outcry and discriminatory nature
3) Unfortunately Governor Jan Brewer is also an anti gay nut so she will probably sign
4) Happily thought the chances of it surviving a lawsuit is near nill, due to obviously discriminatory bill and it will be challenged in the Ninth Federal Circuit which has already ruled that gay people are in a Quasi-suspect class thus anti gay laws need a much higher standard of evidence to show it is necessary!
5) Yet again Arizona (or at least it legislators) has given it self a black eye publicly (after refusing to allow a Martin Luther King Day some years ago & the whole Anti-immigration law which like the other i mentioned will damage Arizona's economy
6) It is also opposed by the business community who fear the same kind of damaging boycott of Arizona which happened after they refusing to allow a Martin Luther King Day