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Ariz. Senate approves bill allowing religious discrimination against gays

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Updated: 4:00 p.m. MST

PHOENIX — The Arizona Senate on Wednesday passed a bill backed by Republicans that expands the rights of people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others, a measure Democrats say will open the doors for discrimination and hurt the state economy.

Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.

Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.

Democrats and civil rights groups opposed the bill that was pushed by social conservatives, saying it would allow discriminatory actions by businesses.

But sponsor Sen. Steve Yarbrough of Chandler said his push for Senate Bill 1062 was prompted by a New Mexico case in which the state Supreme Court allowed a gay couple to sue a photographer who refused to take pictures of their wedding. He says he’s protecting religious rights.

“This bill is not about allowing discrimination,” Yarbrough said during a debate that stretched for nearly two hours. “This bill is about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith.”

The bill passed on a 17-13 party-line vote.

Democrats sponsored eight hostile amendments in an effort to sidetrack the legislation, but they were steadily rejected by Republicans who control the Senate.

Democrats repeatedly said they believed Yarbrough’s legislation was clearly designed to allow discrimination.

“The heart of this bill would allow for discrimination versus gays and lesbians,” said Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix. “You can’t argue the fact that bill will invite discrimination. That’s the point of this bill. It is.”

Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, warned of economic consequences if the Legislature passed the bill and it is signed by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer. He said companies would begin to avoid Arizona, as they did after the state passed its signature immigration crackdown law, SB1070, in 2010.

“I think this bill makes a statement … that we don’t welcome people here,” Farley said. “This bill gets in the way, this bill sends the wrong message around the country and around the world.”

A similar bill is making its way through the Arizona House and could come up for floor debate any day.

The proposals are backed by the powerful Center for Arizona Policy, a social conservative group that backs anti-abortion and conservative Christian legislation in the state.

The bill is similar to a proposal last year brought by Yarbrough but vetoed by Brewer. That legislation would have allowed people or religious groups to sue if they believed they might be subject to a government regulation that infringed on their religious rights. Yarbrough stripped a provision from the bill in hopes Brewer will embrace the new version.

Civil-liberties and secular groups countered that Yarbrough and the Center for Arizona Policy had sought to minimize concerns that last year’s bill had far-reaching and hidden implications. They said the bill would allow people to break nearly any law and cite religious freedom as a defense.

Yarbrough called that those worries “unrealistic and unsupported hypotheticals” and said criminal laws will continue to be prosecuted by the courts.

Arizona is one of five states where lawmakers introduced “religious freedom” bills targeting same-sex couples, mostly in response to the rapid advancement of marriage equality.

Similar bills have been defeated or withdrawn this week in South Dakota, Kansas Tennessee, and Idaho.

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  1. Jessica, Blue..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:56pm
  2. knowing arizona and its government it might pass there but in the supreme court it will be struck down

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:57pm
  3. I got one word: UNCONSTITUTIONAL

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 9:58pm
  4. SHAME on them.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:00pm
  5. I grew up being taught that Jesus loves all the children, evidently some people think they’re above Jesus

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:00pm
  6. Didn’t god say that judgement only shall come from him??? Now I know I’m not a priest but i accept gays because of them being good people. If god has a problem that’s not my place to step in

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:03pm
  7. Their god is what started all the trouble...well, actually not as god is also fictitious....

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:09pm
  8. https://www.facebook.com/pages/GLS-tamb%C3%A9m-amam/563264690434626?fref=ts

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:46pm
  9. Desperate much? Penedjos.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:04pm
  10. Why is Terence Stamp trying to bring in such a law?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:07pm
  11. How will that be legal?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:07pm
  12. The HATE of the GOP in America is beyond comprehension!!! It is really too bad they do not work as hard on doing their job as they do at taking away my rights as an American!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:08pm
  13. Are these people serious with themselves? Every citizen in the state of Arizona should call their representatives and let them have it!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:12pm
  14. Idk i believe in a higher power but I don’t think he would make some people doomed to hell based on who they love

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:12pm
  15. Well its arizona

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:14pm
  16. WTF are these assholes problem?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:19pm
  17. Oh great i ment to be moving here in September i mite just stay in the UK

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:29pm
  18. I will not go back if they do……

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:32pm
  19. Quit shoving your beliefs down people’s throats, It’s disgusting.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:36pm
  20. So do we get to deny them service if they are openly religious?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:36pm
  21. People in power won’t you please grow up, you are not in middle school.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:36pm
  22. Rik stay in the U.K. This place is terrible for the gay community. Not to mention everyone here is miserable and nasty.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:38pm
  23. Its all BS n freaking stupid

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:38pm
  24. The rock of foundation was never meant to be hurled. Its weight of conviction can only be alleviated solely by unconditional love.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:41pm
  25. Of course they do.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:44pm
  26. i wonder if this has ALEC influence as it seems odd that it would appear in so many states at once

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:50pm
  27. Despicable

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:52pm
  28. Gays right up your ass

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:58pm
  29. It will never hold up. Nothing to fear here.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 10:58pm
  30. you have GOT to be kidding me… will never stand up in higher courts… horrible

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:14pm
  31. Typical Christians

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:15pm
  32. so true.they are the problem

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  33. I live in Phoenix... and.. I am Bi-sexual .. and my life mate is lesbian.. reason i don't want to live here no more. I am so moving back up north....

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:25pm
  34. Its too bad about the homophobes, Arizona is so pretty.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:34pm
  35. Do it. You'll be much happier. I was when I left. 28 years later and I don't regret it one bit.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:35pm
  36. Good thinking Emerald...and if possible make a big old stink about why you're leaving.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:16am
  37. “loving” Christians

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:15pm
  38. First immigration…now this. Arizona has serious problems!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:16pm
  39. So.. discrimination is cool in Arizona?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:16pm
  40. I hate AZ

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:16pm
  41. Doesn’t surprise me. AZ has a bad history when it comes to ignorance.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:17pm
  42. -___- I hate this state.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:17pm
  43. Wow Arizona! Seriously?!?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:17pm
  44. This is sick…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:17pm
  45. D:

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:17pm
  46. Why Does this NOT surprise me.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  47. Let it be known nationwide that Arizona Republicans believe in legislated discrimination…….this must not be forgotten with mid-terms coming up!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  48. here we go again! oh well….waste not want not!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  49. Haha. Wow. So they’re going to keep people from being welcomed into the church if they’re gay? Lol. That’s fine. I’d totally open up a church that welcomed everyone; especially the LGBT community.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  50. Not just church, and institution that is run by a religous person who finds gays offensive.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:23pm
  51. They shouldn't have the right to do that. Churches are tax exempt. So if they're gonna be using our tax dollars, than they shouldn't have the right to kick a person out.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:47pm
  52. Wtf

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  53. Wow crazy and should not be allowed! Seriously this disgusts me so much that discrimination still is allowed to exist. People try so hard to stop it, but it’s constantly put down.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  54. I hate this state

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  55. I hate it too, Sierra. Glad I got the fu*k out of there.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  56. Hope the good folks of AZ remember this when mid-terms come up.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:21pm
  57. I live here and it’s….smh.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  58. Matt Jewett did you know about this?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  59. This has been knocked back in the other 4 states that tried to pass it we can only hope the same happens here

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:18pm
  60. What a load of asshats!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  61. There’s a shock! NOT

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  62. One more state to avoid.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  63. FOOKS!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  64. Shameful

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  65. Build a large fence around the state, ship all “Christianist” insurgents there, lock the gate and walk away. They are all nuts there.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  66. and a lot of us are gay here

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:34pm
  67. And Muslims, they are wacko too

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:35pm
  68. We will conduct a rescue mission for all of the LGBT community before we lock the gate. LOL

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:01am
  69. In that case Donna you should leave because they're trying their best to treat you like crap and you won't be able to do a thing to stop them.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:07am
  70. Well, not all of them are off the grid but there are enough they're making a mess for the others

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:16am
  71. Escape to Baja Arizona

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:25am
  72. That is really fucked up

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  73. Nothing but hateful bigots. The senate can go live in Russia with Putin and get hot with him. Freakin idiots!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  74. Sickening

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:19pm
  75. Will be overturned.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:20pm
  76. Of course they did…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:20pm
  77. SAD

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:20pm
  78. we hope it will be overturned, but there’s no promise.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:20pm
  79. is it an election year or are these jerk offs brown nosing the voters

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:20pm
  80. Why in the world? This is an example of just pure hatred and evil in the world

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:20pm
  81. called it

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:21pm
  82. Disgusting!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:21pm
  83. It is bad enough to deny people their rights, but then to openly legalize discrimination against them is just ludicrous.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:21pm
  84. Well another no visit state – to hell with them. I can’t wait until they run out of water. Jerks.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:21pm
  85. just more money to strike down a idiot bigot bill. it will not make it for long soon as we get it in the courts it will be unconstitutional and struck down. What a waste of time and money. Jan Brewer do not sign this bill or it will be your last run in politics u will be voted out by good people not the hideous republicans. why are they even still around so out of touch with the evolving country.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:22pm
  86. I hope she's GONE soon. She's a HATEFUL BITCH

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:24pm
  87. The more Hispanics, African Americans, gays, and other minority groups that move here can make the change by voting! Believe me when my partner and I get married in california where its legal; we are definitely suing this state where we work, live and pay taxes in for discrimination and not upholding our constitutional rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:22pm
  88. I will never understand the people that want to move backwards.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:23pm
  89. Sad state of affaires.. using god to spread hate is one of the worst things someone can do. Isn’t it all about love and forgiveness? It’s just sad

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:23pm
  90. This is sick!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:23pm
  91. What they are doing is actually allowing discrimination based on religion. If this holds true Muslims can refuse Christians and vice versa.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:24pm
  92. Right. So we'll see how long it takes for a customer wearing a cross pendant into a shop to be discriminated against, and for them to cry foul, and see just how well they like what they've done to themselves.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:36pm
  93. so unconstitutional, such a waste of AZ money. Fuck AZ

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:24pm
  94. A truly sad setback for equal rights! Hopefully they get their heads out of their asses and this gets overturned!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:25pm
  95. Oh wow… Pathetic

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:26pm
  96. This should be overruled there is such a thing as seperation of church and state, this is unlawful and unconstitutional were the hell is The federal government at to over see the bylaws of the constitution in this said case.. this goes agaianst keeping church and state separated. Second of all this goes.against.our first, 2nd. And another amendment about segregation so how is this even legal?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:26pm
  97. this will tank.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:26pm
  98. Zach Lumb

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:27pm
  99. Tim Haldeman that’s more accurately said, and very true.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:27pm
  100. This is the first state that should secede, but I doubt that Mexico would take them back.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:27pm
  101. So glad I moved back home to New York !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:27pm
  102. What happened to freedom from religious persecution?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:27pm
  103. Republicans, tea baggers, religious fundies and conservatives have decided to ignore it.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:18am
  104. Typical of Arizona.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:27pm
  105. Well, Arizona now joins rogue nations like Nigeria? Uganda and Gambia! GOP IS UTTERLY DISGUSTING HATEFUL AND BIGOTED PARTY!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:27pm
  106. There are no words left to say…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:27pm
  107. Fucking bullshit! Religion is the cause of all the shit in the world!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:28pm
  108. Disgusting!!! Not liking the state I live in right now!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:28pm
  109. So why not allow racism back as a law at work and what not? We are going backwards america…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:28pm
  110. Why do they keep trying this? Isn’t this the 5th state to do this just to have it killed the next day? If we allow religious discrimination against gays, this will open the doors to racist and sexist discrimination as well. People need to quit using religion as an excuse to be an asshole.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:28pm
  111. screw Arizona — they don’t even play hockey.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:29pm
  112. I am a lesbian AND a (Catholic) Christian who happens to believe that NO Church, person, or other organization should be FORCED to marry, or provide a service to us if it conflicts with their moral, religious beliefs. Now if that person is working for a government who has mandated that their state shall recognize LGBT RIGHTS TO MARRY, THEN AND ONLY THEN that or those people need to lay their personal belief system aside (ex.: a judge who officiates at a wedding). We have plenty of people in our community who are talented and provide the same services.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:29pm
  113. THATS JUST FUCKING LEGAL DISCRIMINATION FUCKING IDIOTS

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:29pm
  114. I lived there for 6 years I hate AZ SOOOOOOOOO Much.. lots of old white folks.. but when Obama won in 2012 Oh I celebrated all right haha

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:30pm
  115. Smdh. Fuck everybody. All the gays lesbians bisexuals transgender people and our supporters should flood the streets of the nation at the same exact time wearing some sort of rainbow attire, see who’s out numbered then. Pieces of shit. Except we should all have guns. LGBT army! Lmao

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:30pm
  116. I was under the impression that in the US Constitution, religion cannot be used to base politics on or to pass laws. So how does State Law supercede Federal Law?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:30pm
  117. It doesn't, it will end up being overturned after battles in court.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:39pm
  118. Because politicians don't give a fuck about the constitution. All they care about is furthering their own agenda.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:44pm
  119. "It doesn't, it will end up being overturned after battles in court." And millions in legal fees - they are trying to further the careers of the attorneys in their family and friend circle.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:18am
  120. Religion does not have more rights then a human being ! Religious freedom means you can choose what religion you want to belong to,and there is no need for this if don’t want to bake a cake for a gay wedding then a gay person is gonna move on they won’t waste time and money to sue you and force you into It I certainly wouldn’t want some one making my cake who was forced into it. Of course that doesn’t mean we won’t spread the word about your hypocritical bigotry. After all we have free speech.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:30pm
  121. Abominable!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:30pm
  122. I’m happy to be in California.
    Saddened for my fellow queers. Smh

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:30pm
  123. Yay now I can discriminate against people who are openly religious and refuse them service based on the fact that they love Jesus!! Awesome job of going backwards. But what do you expect when half the population here are old retired 70 and 80 year olds who still think black people should be drinking from the “colored” fountain.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:31pm
  124. This is unjust.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:31pm
  125. Therefore anyone who is gay and owns a business can equally refuse services or goods to any straight person who is not of my their own religion. Weird-assed shit.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:32pm
  126. What if we make a bill allowing businesses to discriminate against religious people. Oh white, cause that would be consider unconstitutional and discriminator. I really hate this country.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:32pm
  127. Arizona makes me so ashamed to live here. All these other states are doing the right thing – not AZ though. Ugh!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:32pm
  128. assholes

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:32pm
  129. Asshole behavior revisited!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:33pm
  130. Theocracy in the making.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:33pm
  131. Why not allow discrimination against Blacks,? Jews ? Women ? First Nation People ? Redheads ? People with Blue Eyes ? What a cowardly joke to make of the Law !!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:33pm
  132. Hmm wonder what happened to separation of church and state in that one.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:33pm
  133. We can discriminate against Christians.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:34pm
  134. Lee Flowers separation of church and state was abandoned long ago. Why do you think bigot douchebags like the Westboro Baptist Church are funded off of our tax $?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:34pm
  135. Bollocks! Fight against human rights.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:35pm
  136. This is true. I’m glad our tax money it’s going towards laws that discriminate against us.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:35pm
  137. Boo!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:36pm
  138. In principle respecting religious rights is a good thing. But, legislating discrimination is not. These types of laws much like the Sovereign Citizen movement are abused to allow people to circumvent laws at their convenience. If religious groups don’t want to service the LGBTQ community fine, their loss. But to have formalized laws is really only for show.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:36pm
  139. I think AZ can go scratch.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:37pm
  140. This is ridiculous -.-’
    The US is taking a step in the right direction but is also trying to bring back modern Jim Crowe, setting us back again. I mean really? This is crazy.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:37pm
  141. Hope they know that opens the door to discriminate against them.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:37pm
  142. Can Arizona stop getting into lawsuits

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:37pm
  143. This pisses me off. What does it matter if a person is gay or not. If a business isn’t allowed to discriminate based or religion, gender, or race. Than they shouldn’t be allowed to discriminate based on sexuality.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:37pm
  144. AZ has always been behind the times on social issues smh. Taking a step backward…sad #NOH8

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:38pm
  145. It won’t stand up to the Federal Constitution when it inevitably is challenged in court.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:38pm
  146. Not all of Arizona thinks like the crazy suburbs of the Phoenix area. I grew up in Arizona and many don’t think like that. However how they set up the districts in Arizona benefit the republicans way too much

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:38pm
  147. I am embarrassed to have EVER lived in AZ, bigoted idiots!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:39pm
  148. Just keep remembering the Senators names and vote them out.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:39pm
  149. Minus 6 for humanity.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:39pm
  150. What about the millions of other religious laws fake ass Christians dont follow? Pathetic! but also gives the chance for welcoming business to increase their profits by advertising their acceptance of gay $$$. Its all green on the inside ;).

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:39pm
  151. Misguided, God complex, nitwits.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:40pm
  152. I guess separation between church and state was just killed.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:40pm
  153. So much for the land if the free. Soon it’ll be time to climb back into our closets guys.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:40pm
  154. have fun with the feds arizona

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:41pm
  155. OMG

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:41pm
  156. The courts will strike this one down. It’s never a good thing to discriminate.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:41pm
  157. I know this is bull…. but how are they going to know if you are gay? As far as I know, there is not a reliable test for that. If there where. I’m willing to bet that alot of the “anti gays” would fail it. Be yourself and remember that there are still people who dont mind if your gay or not. As long as you are happy. Thats what I care about.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:42pm
  158. :( sad day in AZ

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:42pm
  159. I can’t wait until the preacher’s wife goes to the salon to get her hair done and the stylist asks if she has a problem with gays. She says “yes” and the stylist refuses service, saying “I’m sorry. That goes against my belief. And I believe you are an a**hole! Bye-bye!” Would love it!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:42pm
  160. Separation of church and state, unless it involves the gays.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:42pm
  161. Dislike

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:43pm
  162. David, yet another reason to never come to Arizona. Ever.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:43pm
  163. arizona is a state i will never visit, or spend my money, nor will millions of other people. what a bunch of ass holes

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:44pm
  164. Keep in mind… First it’s the florist and baker, then it will be the gas stations, the grocery stores, the hardware store. And we’ll be left to drive miles to take care of our basic needs. This will and shall no stand up in court.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:45pm
  165. Looks like the US is becoming Russia. I guess it’s time to pack my bags and leave.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:45pm
  166. As some states move forward, I guess some states have to take a step (or several) back. Whatever, equality will be ours soon enough.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:46pm
  167. So sad

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:46pm
  168. it will be struck down in supreme court. separation of church and state. federal laws always trump state. similar situations in other states were struck down

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:46pm
  169. Good thing there’s no unemployment in Arizona -so the Senate can waste time with this bullshit rather than worry about JOBS!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:47pm
  170. So they can not even get a doctors appointment?
    Halfwits they are there!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:47pm
  171. what’s the big deal? they already discriminate and everybody thinks its ok…so now they have a law saying its ok… it’s not the first time Christians have used the bible for hate and racism…and it will never be the last

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:47pm
  172. Screw that wannabe LA state

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:47pm
  173. Stupid!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:48pm
  174. Yet another step backwards……dumb asses!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:48pm
  175. Remind me not to move there….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:49pm
  176. Fucking idiots.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:50pm
  177. It figures – it’s Arizona after all!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:51pm
  178. I’m saddened – but not one bit surprised. I recently left AZ after 13 years; partly due to the continual demonstration of religion influencing policy. It really does continue the message to the rest of the country that if you aren’t white, Catholic and Republican, you are NOT welcome in the beautiful state. :(

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:52pm
  179. Arizona is the most crooked and corrupt state there is – those in authority there basically do whatever they want with no consequences. I lived there over nine years and then had to get the hell out!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:52pm
  180. but jesus loves the gays, they must be confused with corrupt lawmakers, not gays!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:52pm
  181. My bigoted Sen. Kelli Ward voted for this abomination. I hate living in Mohave County, Ariz. I am not represented by these ignorant hateful Teabagger politicians. More reason for me to move across the river to Needles, Calif.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:53pm
  182. There you go Barbara Herber, I’m not moving to AZ anymore.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:53pm
  183. What a bunch of stupid fools.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:53pm
  184. That’s sad

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:53pm
  185. I’m really really really fucking tired of Arizona’s stupid hateful/racist /etc laws.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:54pm
  186. It’s the state. I live here. The apartment complex I live in adore my girlfriend and I. We openly hold hands and kiss. No one says anything nor anyone has discriminates against us…. only that we are native americans. Geez

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:54pm
  187. That's about to change Theo. You're about to become a second class...maybe even third class..citizen there who they can openly treat like crap.

    Replied on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:11am
  188. What happened to seperation of church and state?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:54pm
  189. Figures. No surprise there.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:55pm
  190. Folks these are Nazi laws they are passing now. I know they won’t win but these laws are so like the first one pass in the early Nazi days. Do they really think any of these laws will hold up in court?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:55pm
  191. FEDS WILL SHOOT THIS DOWN SO EFFIN QUICK

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:56pm
  192. Larry Jackson That’s a good point. They have absolutely no right to do what they are doing.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:57pm
  193. I have to say if they allow bills like this, they should alow discrimination against religion. So people honestly can see what the fuck that means.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:57pm
  194. SMH…..to the back of the bus.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:58pm
  195. Just wrong!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:59pm
  196. Not good and stupid so maybe we should have laws gay business can discriminate HETROSEXUALS tit for tat! Dam it tired of this bullshit

    Posted on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 11:59pm
  197. Well churches won’t mind paying taxes then

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:03am
  198. The Christian Taliban must be stopped!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:05am
  199. There is only one U.S. Constitution!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:06am
  200. Damn it!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:06am
  201. well if your gay y u going to church anyway you must believe in satan bible says your going to hell…not my opinion i didnt write the bible…i think phil robertson explain this

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:06am
  202. Astounding!!! How can this possibly pass?! The republican party has endorsed BIGOTRY once again. I am repulsed.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:06am
  203. fucktards

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:07am
  204. AZ has always been such a hateful State :-p

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:07am
  205. Jesus wouldn’t approve this bill. Love your neighbor as yourself.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:07am
  206. It won’t last long. Statistics show that most Americans are pro homosexuality than con. But it’s still a big step back for humanity in this country

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:08am
  207. I sick of my people being talked about as if when made the world a dim place ! To all my gays your heads should be up and I’m proud to call you my blood!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:08am
  208. Wow. So sorry for them. :(

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:08am
  209. Cannot “like” at all.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:09am
  210. Disappointed,but not surprised.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:10am
  211. Im not moving back. Northern Az is beautiful but damn. youve got to be kidding me

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:10am
  212. Arizona is a backwards state anyway. It has really became the wild west after hearing the news that a man shot another man because he lost a fist fight in a Wal-Mart parking lot.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:11am
  213. Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:11am
  214. Separation of church and state. You want to discriminate because of your religion? Then give up your business……it is that simple.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:14am
  215. Occasionally there is talk from angry southerners regarding the south seceding and making their own country. All in all not a bad idea.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:14am
  216. Oh good, more reasons not to spend money in AZ anymore…asshats can have their fukin stste….

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:15am
  217. Thank goodness for that separation of church and state!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:16am
  218. Time to leave this state

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:16am
  219. Time for gays to protest paying taxes!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:17am
  220. Why the hell did I move here from Northern California! Arizona sucks and this just adds to the never ending list of why I can’t wait to flee this state and never look back.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:18am
  221. I’m so happy to call this state home not

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:20am
  222. What is wrong with people!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:21am
  223. It will definitely be found unconstitutional by fed court and if necessary all the way to the US SUpreme court.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:21am
  224. In the end, this will be a helpful law. Stupid is best when exposed to public view.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:22am
  225. Living in AZ. Working for change.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:23am
  226. This will go to the Supreme Court, where Az will lose, wasting taxpayer dollars and obstructing progress. Vote these people out !

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:23am
  227. I love Arizona but this is sad news. I’m so disappointed.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:31am
  228. Bitches.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:32am
  229. Hey. Passing laws for religion, violation of church and state?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:34am
  230. Whos faith should they live under….so many out there. …

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:36am
  231. All taxpaying citizens should have the same rights as all taxpaying citizens !!!! PERIOD !!!!!!!!!!!! Keep your Religious Beliefs To Yourself !!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:38am
  232. Fight it.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:38am
  233. Arizona is totally fucking nuts.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:38am
  234. Leave to Arizona… Lets see what in Arizona that all the Gay People and the Mexican looking people should not attempt to par-take in: Well the Grand Canyon, that is all… maybe all the Gay People and Non-White, Non-Christians should boycott the state..

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:39am
  235. I’m fine with this as long as we can return the favor….My religion of Gay finds it an abomination to serve bigoted breeders in any way.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:41am
  236. NNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:43am
  237. Federal Law states that you can’t discriminate for any reason. Last time i checked, Federal Law trumps State law…This move by Arizona won’t stick….

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:43am
  238. Un freakin believable!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:43am
  239. And so I’m packing my things…

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:44am
  240. MORONS!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:45am
  241. this is why we need FEDERAL anti discrimination laws

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:46am
  242. How about we pass a bill to ban religion. I mean not really but just saying. Bunch of dummies.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:47am
  243. WE JUST FOUGHT THIS SHIT HERE IN KANSAS

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:47am
  244. This makes me sad to be an Arizonan…. What the Hell is wrong with Govt?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:48am
  245. And here we have ANOTHER state just begging to be bitch-slapped by the U.S. Supreme Court!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:49am
  246. We should be able to refuse service to Christians. This type of hate discrimination deserves it!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:49am
  247. Ignorance in full bliss

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:50am
  248. Appalling retro action religious entitlement to persecute seriously what century is it again?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:50am
  249. Well – looks like AZ is off my list of places to visit.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:51am
  250. I see the jesus freaks are still at it.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:52am
  251. Wow…. Nazis are sneaking in again!! Won’t be long before ‘white supremecy’ is back! Fuckin retards! Do they have special after school classes teaching humans to think backwards n repeat major historical mistakes??? Nutters!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:52am
  252. I guess it can go both ways .. Rufuse service to them as well .

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:53am
  253. Oh please… This opens doors to discrimination against EVERYBODY.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:57am
  254. Just bullshit again!! When are we the 1960s?!?!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 12:59am
  255. Im ashamed to call arizona my home now. Im from that state and was planning on moving there. Now I dont know if I should. Being an open bisexual.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:05am
  256. what happened to separation of church and state ?

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:06am
  257. This is so sickening! A bunch of hateful people!

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:06am
  258. Oh AZ, why am I not surprised. :(

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:17am
  259. Since they are so keen on their religious beliefs being respected will they refuse service to the divorced too? How about people with tattoos?The bible forbids them . People who masturbate? Those who eat ham and shrimp Even more stupid than they are hateful.

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:23am
  260. Its wrong

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:24am
  261. That is DISCRIMINATION AND SHOULD BE ILLEGAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ANYONE,,, IT IS ALL BULLSH*T !

    Posted on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:24am