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Pro-LGBT lawmaker says Ariz. bill tells gays ‘We don’t want you here’

Friday, February 21, 2014
 Michael Schennum, The Arizona Republic (AP)House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, (D) Phoenix, argues on the House Floor in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, that House Bill 2153 would discriminate against gays and others. The measure, written by the conservative advocacty group Center for Arizona Policy and the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, would allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense in a lawsuit filed by another individual.

Michael Schennum, The Arizona Republic (AP)
House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, (D) Phoenix, argues on the House Floor in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, that House Bill 2153 would discriminate against gays and others. The measure, written by the conservative advocacty group Center for Arizona Policy and the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, would allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense in a lawsuit filed by another individual.

Arizona state lawmaker Rep. Chad Campbell, an LGBT rights advocate and vocal opponent of a bill passed in the state legislature that would allow for religious discrimination against LGBT people, appeared on CNN on Friday to discuss the implications of the measure should it be signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer.

Campbell, the Democratic minority leader, said during Thursday’s debate that gays and lesbians across the country would get the message that they’re not welcome in Arizona.

“We’re telling them, ‘We don’t like you. We don’t want you here. We’re not going to protect you,” he said.

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Brewer has not indicated whether she plans to sign the bill. On Friday, she said she will make her decision next week, according to the Arizona Repulic. “It’s very controversial, so I’ve got to get my hands around it.”

The measure is SB 1062.

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  1. Rep. Campbell is kinda dreamy. just sayin

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:42pm
  2. if your "type" is malodorous assholes - just sayin.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:03pm
  3. obviously you didn't read the headline or article. Campbell is an LGBT rights advocate and vocal opponent of the bill, asshole!

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:13pm
  4. Chad Campbell is an advocate for gay rights. What's your problem, Tony? Apparently you didn't read the article or watch the video.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:19pm
  5. What year is it again???

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:42pm
  6. it astounds me that these people can’t see how horrible this is. Slavery and its effects on the country looked a lot like this. Nazi Germany did a lot of this too. When will we learn?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:44pm
  7. Year” FUCKED UP”…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:44pm
  8. bye

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:44pm
  9. Making discrimination legal, what a bunch of assholes.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:44pm
  10. This is like Germany in 1936 with jews! Fuck nazism, fuck religion. God does not exist.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:09pm
  11. I like you. who ever you are ^^

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:12pm
  12. how stupid and immature can you be

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:45pm
  13. Its bad when even evil brewer says she has to think it over first

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:45pm
  14. hahaha ! :)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:45pm
  15. Haha ironic how we don’t like you either and wish your kind wasn’t here as well. I really have a hard time being understanding against people who spew their hate like this.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:46pm
  16. The middle ages apparently. Oh well spend our money elsewhere. This is just election year fodder. The Republicans did it in 2004 and they’re doing it again. Hopefully this time the voters reject the crazies.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:46pm
  17. The day will come when God will come and show Ariz Lawmakers the true Law, amen

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:46pm
  18. So what water fountain should I use? Wouldn’t want to give Brewer my cooties!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:46pm
  19. What an as whole this is 2014 might as well get use to it my best friends are gay and I love them to death this is sounding just like when white people didn’t like african americans

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:47pm
  20. I’m certainly not welcome any more, I have a very obvious male/male tattoo on my forearm. Even without suspecting, they can kick me out for that!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:48pm
  21. *slowly pats Arizona* Just… set down the booze… you’re obviously not thinking clearly. :c

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:49pm
  22. and I gurantee you aint no gay gonna spend a dime on your pieces of sh*t

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:49pm
  23. It’s assholes like YOU we don’t like and want here. Go back home to homophobia!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:49pm
  24. Who are you referring to?

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:56pm
  25. The Democrat is pro-GLBT. He's arguing against discrimination of gays and lesbians.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:14pm
  26. Lol Jan Statkiewicz

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:49pm
  27. I’m sure Indiana will will Introduce this soon. They never miss a chance to spew some hate.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:51pm
  28. The same things were said about blacks in the 60′s in a many states. That was deemed unconstitutional, dont worry AZ.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:52pm
  29. That cop in the back ground …..”Jesus is he ever gonna shut the f#@k up, my husband is gonna kick my ass if I am late for our kids soccer game again “

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:52pm
  30. I guess some guy told him , so honey you’re not my Type lol

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:53pm
  31. Bastard fuckers

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:53pm
  32. Just when did the state of Arizona become a state of Uganda? I thought Jan Brewer hated black people.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:53pm
  33. Maybe they should also kick out the blacks and the jews and the mexicans. Why stop your discrimination with the gays? Just go all out. -_-

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:54pm
  34. This will backfire, and the rest of us get to watch it go down in flames…either that or turn up the heat to make them rethink that little bill.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:54pm
  35. i’m sure there is a hidden gay in his own family” poor guy.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:55pm
  36. Next they will be able to own slaves, never mind some of’em prolly got a mexican in their basement they let out to clean and cook!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:55pm
  37. Sorry I just spent my vacation $ in Arizona. It won’t happen again!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:56pm
  38. Who are you referring to?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:57pm
  39. This is not the America that I have invested in, all my life. Somebody got some splainin to do.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:57pm
  40. Have you guys read the whole article. He’s in our side idiots

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:58pm
  41. The idiot making the comnents about not liking or wantung gays here. He doesnt speak for everyone. Just a few narrow minded fools.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:58pm
  42. The person who is the Democrat politician favors rights for gays. You didn't read the article or look at the video.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:16pm
  43. This headline is totally misleading the lawmaker isn’t saying this to gays…he s stating what message the bill would give them..WTF lgbtq nation..that is fucked up…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:58pm
  44. there's nothing wrong with the headline idiot, just your comprehension.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:15pm
  45. Read the whole article

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:59pm
  46. He’s in our side idiots.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:59pm
  47. LGBTQ Nation…remove this headline….you are bashing a friend!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:01pm
  48. Re-read the headline idiot

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:16pm
  49. there is a colon after "lawmaker" which means he says: ... Az law is bad. go back to high school, will ya

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:17pm
  50. Oh my goodness read the whole article stop writing people. He is a lgbt advocate. The title is misleading

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:01pm
  51. Honestly they shouldn’t be trying to stop us from happiness. We don’t stop straight people from being straight.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:01pm
  52. You want to know why young people and LGBTQ teenagers are killing themselves all over the country? THIS is why. Because community leaders and those whose ONLY job is to support and protect those who are unable to protect themselves and actively seeking them out and telling them that the way they were born is unwanted and wrong. This kind of stuff makes me so sad to see that this kind of discrimination and shameless lawmaking in the name religion is still happening in this country.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:01pm
  53. I’ll be damned if I visit that state.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:02pm
  54. 9 will get you10 at least one member of his family is in the closet .

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:04pm
  55. <3 WILL overturn this

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:04pm
  56. For people who never been to Arizona. I’ve lived there those idiots at the capital do not speak for all of us. More than 54% of Arizonans believe in same sex marriage. Please read the whole article because it’s misleading.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:04pm
  57. Tony, he was talking in support of the LGBT. Read it!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:04pm
  58. We don’t like you either

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:04pm
  59. You don't like the pro-gay Democrat who is in the photo?

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:17pm
  60. I ment to be moving here in sept from the UK and as a gay person i feel that i will not be safe :s the UK has been like this in the past but now we have gone forward and have equal rights just as everybody else.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:05pm
  61. You know…the title is accurate upon a second reading….I read it wrong as well..

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:05pm
  62. i’m confused by this article. i’m from the UK so don’t get USA politics (ours is simple, one party runs the country). one minute you say this guy is a dem. then next say he is rep. and then you say he is an LGBT advocate, would he be an advocate if he he was republican?! really?? next you say that he is saying the bill is essentially telling LGBT not to come to Arizona (which is what it is saying if it passes). the way people are commenting here, is that he is against LGBT, but i’m not getting that from the article. the article is saying he denounces the bill, so that is FOR LGBT. surely?! and google says he is DEM, so wtf LGBTQ Nation?!?!?!?!!
    said it before, put ‘for’ or ‘against’ beside your article headings, as they are hard to follow, especially since it looks like you’ve written it all wrong!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:07pm
  63. WOW they are a special Breed of Idiot

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:08pm
  64. Read the whole article. What the lawmaker saying that the message the law sending to the lgbt community is we do not want you here and that’s the reason why he does not support it one bit. He’s a lgbt advocate

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:08pm
  65. To be treated fairly in America you have to be a straight, white, male

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:08pm
  66. Are we still in the United States of America?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:09pm
  67. If Jan Brewer signs this ridiculous bill, her name will be on the lawsuit when it goes to the SCOTUS. It is clearly and obviously unconstitutional.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:11pm
  68. and we dont like Arizona. Its done!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:12pm
  69. Go home Arizona. You’re drunk

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:12pm
  70. The headline is not misleading at all. The bill is telling the LGBT community that AZ does not like them, or want them in the state. That’s exactly what it says…..word….for….word. Not to mention it says that he is an LGBT rights advocate right underneath of the headline. READ PEOPLE!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:12pm
  71. You are on the wrong side of history on this Arizona. I will never step foot in your hateful state.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:16pm
  72. And he’s what WRONG WITH AMERICA TODAY !

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:18pm
  73. It’s not controversial in the slightest and she’s prevaricating for political reasons.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:18pm
  74. What is it that she needs to get her hands around? It’s easy as does she want to sign this bill for discrimination or not sign it for equality? Very simple. Thanks to Chad Campbell and all of the others who voted against this bill.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:19pm
  75. Well I don’t like you either!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:20pm
  76. Somebody please hit this mfer in the face with a brick

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:20pm
  77. Thoes idiots can all quit there jobs, they are all nuts all the gay people should vote them out of office

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:21pm
  78. We don’t share stupid.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:22pm
  79. Surely this Is when the federal government needs to stand up and be counted

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:23pm
  80. They don’t want Gays, They don’t want Mexicans, who else don’t they want? They don’t care much for women, except for the fact they would be with Hanna and her four sisters without them!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:23pm
  81. And he’s right many won’t go ever!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:25pm
  82. Yes! What she said ^ dont always have to be a total prick to make your point.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:27pm
  83. More haters….

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:27pm