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Pressure mounts over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APJo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.

Ross D. Franklin, AP
Jo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.

PHOENIX — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer faced intensifying pressure Monday from CEOs, politicians in Washington and state lawmakers in her own party to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people.

Senate Bill 1062 has set off a political firestorm since the Arizona Legislature passed the bill last week, with critics denouncing it as blatantly discriminatory and embarrassing to the state.

The chorus of opposition has grown each day, and on Monday, three state senators who voted for the bill changed course and said they oppose it. U.S. Sen. John McCain asked Brewer to veto the measure, as did Apple Inc. and the CEO of American Airlines Group Inc.

A.E. Araiza, The Arizona Daily StarMore than 200 marchers walk from the Wingspan office along North Fourth Avenue to the Governor's office at 400 W Congress St. in Tucson, Ariz., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, to rally against the State Legislature's passage of the "religious freedom bill."

A.E. Araiza, The Arizona Daily Star (AP)
More than 200 marchers walk from the Wingspan office along North Fourth Avenue to the Governor’s office at 400 W Congress St. in Tucson, Ariz., Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, to rally against the State Legislature’s passage of the “religious freedom bill.”

Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)
Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Ross D. Franklin, APMargaret Jean Plews works on a chalk drawing as she joined nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.

Ross D. Franklin, AP
Margaret Jean Plews works on a chalk drawing as she joined nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.

Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, Ryan Ebersole, of Mesa, and Rev. Stephen Govett, of Glendale, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the state Capitol.

Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)
Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, Ryan Ebersole, of Mesa, and Rev. Stephen Govett, of Glendale, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, at the state Capitol.

State Sens. Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce sent their letter urging a veto just days after they joined the entire 17-member Senate GOP caucus in voting for the bill.

“I think laws are (already) on the books that we need, and have now seen the ramifications of my vote,” Worsley told The Associated Press. “I feel very bad, and it was a mistake.”

With the three GOP senators joining all 13 Senate Democrats in opposition, there would be enough votes to defeat the measure in a re-vote. But too much time has passed to allow for reconsideration, and the bill was sent to Brewer in a routine transmittal Monday that was accompanied by “boos” from Senate Democrats.

Brewer now has five working days to sign or veto the bill. She returns from governors association meetings in Washington on Tuesday afternoon.

The governor doesn’t comment on pending legislation, but she vetoed a similar measure last year. That action, however, came during an unrelated political standoff, and it’s unclear whether she would support or reject this plan.

The bill is being pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy, a social conservative group that opposes abortion and gay marriage. Th e group says the proposal is needed to protect against increasingly activist federal courts and simply clarifies existing state law.

CAP President Cathi Herrod is urging Brewer to sign the legislation and deriding what she called “fear-mongering” from its opponents.

“The attacks on SB 1062 … represent precisely why so many people are sick of the modern political debate,” Herrod wrote in a weekend posting on the group’s website. “Instead of having an honest discussion about the true meaning of religious liberty, opponents of the bill have hijacked this discussion through lies, personal attacks, and irresponsible reporting.

“Our elected leaders have a fundamental duty to protect the religious freedom of every Arizonan, and that’s what SB 1062 is all about.”

If SB1062 is vetoed, it will be a major defeat for Herrod’s group, which is seen as a powerful force on the Arizona political scene. Herrod suffered a similar loss last year when she tried to get t he Legislature to include anti-abortion language in a Medicaid expansion bill that Brewer was pushing. That effort angered Brewer, herself a strong opponent of abortion.

With the business community lining up against the latest proposal, Brewer could have cover for a veto. She’s worked hard to return Arizona’s economy to pre-recession levels with business-friendly incentives and tax cuts.

Apple spokeswoman Kristin Hueget confirmed Monday that the company had reached out to Brewer and urged a veto. Apple announced in November that it would open a manufacturing plant in the Phoenix suburb of Mesa that would employ up to 700 workers.

American Airlines CEO Doug Parker also urged Brewer to veto SB1062, in part to prevent damage to the state’s economy, which is finally rebounding from the Great Recession. Parker ran Arizona-based US Airways until it merged with Texas-based American last year.

“There is genuine concern throughout the business community that t his bill, if signed into law, would jeopardize all that has been accomplished so far,” Parker wrote. “Wholly apart from the stated intent of this legislation, the reality is that it has the very real potential of slowing down the momentum we have achieved by reducing the desire of businesses to locate in Arizona and depressing the travel and tourism component of the economy if both convention traffic and individual tourists decide to go elsewhere.”

Pierce said he and the others went along to present a solid Republican front, despite misgivings.

“We were uncomfortable with it to start with and went along with it thinking it was good for the caucus,” Pierce said. “We really didn’t want to vote for it, but we made a mistake and now we’re trying to do what’s right and correct it.”

But their letter also said while the intent of their vote “was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance.”

The bill allows any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any action brought by the government or individual claiming discrimination.

Opponents call it a license to discriminate against gays.

Similar religious protection legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, but Arizona’s plan is the only one that has passed. The efforts are stalled in Idaho, Ohio and Kansas.

Republicans stressed that the bill is not about discrimination but protecting religious freedom. They frequently cite the case of a New Mexico photographer who was sued after refusing to take wedding pictures of a gay couple. They said Arizona needs a law to protect people in the state from heavy-handed actions by courts.

Another frequently cited example is a suit brought against an Oregon baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

The businesses were sued, bu t those efforts came under state laws that extended protected-class status to gays. Arizona has no such law protecting people based on sexual orientation.

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  1. C’mon Arizona, you can crack this and veto it. C’mon.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:35pm
  2. Dear Governor Brewer, please accept this invitation to attend the LGBT Event known as Fist Fest West in Palm Springs California. Please BYO Can of Crisco shortening and make sure your nails are clipped. As you will be inserting your arm to the elbow into several naked LGBT members rectums.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:47pm
  3. I’M PRAYING THAT THIS BILL GETS VETOED….F*CK MOVING BACKWARDS……..LET’S CONTINUE TO RAISE AWARENESS, SPEAK UP, AND PUT THE PRESSURE ON THIS WOMAN!!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:35pm
  4. She said they've been inviting the Kremlin to events we LGBT have like White Party Palm Springs and Fist Fest West for the last 5 years. Along with providing all of our LGBT up and coming bareback porn movies filmed at such events, as well as our LGBT weapon and drug sales operation at an AIDS housing complex in Palm Springs California and we can't figure out why the Russians don't like the LGBT??...

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:41pm
  5. Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:37pm
  6. Boycott Arizona

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:37pm
  7. There’s going to be more than pressure or bad feelings if the governor passes this bill. This is 2014 not 1800. Time to get with reality of the citizens of this country.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:37pm
  8. Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:37pm
  9. Thanks For Posting!
    Philip Jones
    Black History Month!
    2014!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:38pm
  10. This is dicustingly sick. First the blacks, now the glbt. Next will be the Jews, Muslims, etc. Where does it end? Right Wing nuts should move to homophobic Russia or Uganda.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:39pm
  11. It'll end when they claim to be the master race and have control over everyone which will never happen unless we keep these nutcases out of power.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:44pm
  12. let them try Kyle...

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:15am
  13. Equality for all
    It’s going to happen – 2014

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:39pm
  14. No wants to hang out with people who put sperm in their butts where poops come out. It violates the Law’s of Creation.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:39pm
  15. You know what violates the laws of creation? His ignorance. If he doesn't want gay kids, don't have kids. PERIOD then what? That's one less hetero too.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:46pm
  16. Dude I'm Democrat and Gay.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:48pm
  17. By bashing me means you have zero tolerance for anyone else.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:50pm
  18. She said they’ve been inviting the Kremlin to events we LGBT have like White Party Palm Springs and Fist Fest West for the last 5 years. Along with providing all of our LGBT up and coming bareback porn movies filmed at such events, as well as our LGBT weapon and drug sales operation at an AIDS housing complex in Palm Springs California and we can’t figure out why the Russians don’t like the LGBT??…

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:40pm
  19. You've proved your ignorance immensely. Go tell that to all the hetero porn industries with anal sex you stupid hypocrite.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:45pm
  20. Grateful I am Canadian.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:41pm
  21. Really Craig? Go peddle your ignorance elsewhere. Go now …

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:42pm
  22. No religious beliefs have a right to make rules in government or business. End of story. You want to ban the gays, do it at home or anywhere where our tax dollars are not going because we will play no part in your bigotry. Even if you stopped having kids, the gay is not going to go away. It’s like trying to avoid giving birth to someone with brown hair. It’s inevitable.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:43pm
  23. While I agree, according to the First Amendment, this bill is legal enough to stand. Only Congress isn't allowed to create laws based on a religion but state's governments are suppose to follow them as well but they don't have to legally. I am sure it won't pass otherwise the Gov. will lose quite a lot of credibility AND the Super Bowl.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:20pm
  24. Then I wish they would just illegally not follow them I guess haha

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:21pm
  25. We don't need a constitution.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:31pm
  26. We have the Muslim Brotherhood and the up and coming cleansing.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:32pm
  27. We don't need a constitution that includes religion. There never was and never will be.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:34pm
  28. It may not mean much but I know I won’t be putting that place on my winter list for sun and relaxation.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:44pm
  29. Craig repair thy self
    Computer repairman – I don’t think so

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:45pm
  30. she will have to be impeached..

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:45pm
  31. Phd in what?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:46pm
  32. Dear Governor Brewer, please accept this invitation to attend the LGBT Event known as Fist Fest West in Palm Springs California. Please BYO Can of Crisco shortening and make sure your nails are clipped. As you will be inserting your arm to the elbow into several naked LGBT members rectums.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:46pm
  33. Craig you’re an idiot. And an asshole at the same time. Quite a feat but u sir are both. You should be proud

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:48pm
  34. No he’s not check Craig Hill Phd….likes…he’s a troll

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:50pm
  35. Lol yeah cuz u didn’t START the bashing. Again, you’re being a real jerk here.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:51pm
  36. One big ugly TROLL…check his LIKES

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:51pm
  37. He dislikes gays and likes them….check his LIKES page???HE IS A TROLL

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:52pm
  38. Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:53pm
  39. He made the same comment of other posts

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:53pm
  40. Report him. He’s a asshole TROLL

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:54pm
  41. And a coward. Doesn’t even have the balls to use his real name or show his odious face

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:54pm
  42. He’s a sick fuck

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:55pm
  43. The Gov. needs to veto(being the ethical thing to do) and in addition similar bills were introduced in 13 other states and flunked. If she does not veto the bill she has firmly declared the #1 most bigoted state and I have classified as the “Weirdo State of the USA.” Maybe she can or cannot reverse that trend.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:57pm
  44. Leave ARIZONA ALL THEY HAVE THERE ARE DISGUSTING FREAKS

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:57pm
  45. UGANDA AND ARIZONA THEY CAN SLEEP TOGETHER

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 10:58pm
  46. They say it isn’t meant to discriminate and it will not effect anyone’s service in restaurants, businesses, ect. They say it is to “ensure religious freedoms” and to “not allow the Government to tell people to do things that is against their religion”. My mind hurts from all this.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:17pm
  47. hmmm … i thought these beliefs were nazi beliefs not religious

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:18pm
  48. The south made laws that banned African Americans from public places. It took the federal government to intervene.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:25pm
  49. Please block Craig Hill Phd. He’s a fraud and a TROLL

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:41pm
  50. Really people why can’t we all coexist in this world without knowing one another’s sex of their partners really!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 11:49pm
  51. @Readysetlaugh: @nfl : Move the 2015 Super Bowl from Arizona http://t.co/xHDRkckWZw via @Change @GovBrewer

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/21/us/arizona-anti-gay-bill/

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:00am
  52. I would never go into a restaurant or what have you and say, hey I am a Lesbian, where should I sit?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:13am
  53. @Sheri, what if two girls wanted to celebrate their anniversary, they sit on the same side of the bench… Now I am not suggesting they touch each other or give each other a kiss on the cheek…OMG!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:22am
  54. What if two guys came in holding hands?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:27am
  55. @ Sheri….BTW, you two won’t have to say a thing when two you walk in the door LOL !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:34am
  56. With all those opposed, the Gov. would be insane to sign it into law.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:58am
  57. have you looked at the GOP lately, they do things out of spite.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:16am
  58. That is true

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:18am
  59. I thought she was already committed.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:31am
  60. She says she knows the bill is controversial but she needs to read it before she decides.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:33am
  61. I got news 4 ya'll. She is already Insane!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:41am
  62. The fact that several senators who signed the bill is asking for its repeal, should be indication enough that it's a bulls**t bill. Besides, she's not fooling anyone, she's not stupid and I'm sure she's known from the start the bills content from the moment it was being authored!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:22am
  63. They need to learn that their actions have consequences. Arizona does not deserve the right to host the 2015 Super Bowl. Sign and share this petition if you agree. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/move-the-super-bowl-out

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:58am
  64. Good!! I live in az this is shameful and a new start to bullying…smdh

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:59am
  65. And Marriott Hotels

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:59am
  66. It makes sense considering that Phoenix will soon be a hub for the airline.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 12:59am
  67. Go APPLE!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:00am
  68. Good on Apple! And American Air!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:00am
  69. I love #apple.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:00am
  70. BOYCOTT GOODS PRODUCED IN ARIZONA

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:00am
  71. I love Arizona but if this passes I will never spend another dollar there

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:02am
  72. I love that my husband works for this company! Its a great place to work for!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:03am
  73. This state AZ is bigoted. . If this passes I am moving.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:04am
  74. Jason Stegall

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:05am
  75. Arizona so beautiful . But those asshole at the Capitol ruin the state.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:05am
  76. There should be no wait on the governor. She should have vetoed by now.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:07am
  77. Bravo!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:08am
  78. Apple! <3

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:08am
  79. The Governor is out of town until tomorrow afternoon.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:12am
  80. Signed Adam Brabant

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:13am
  81. Just read that Georgia is trying to do the same thing.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:15am
  82. whoooooooooooooooo

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:16am
  83. too many too many are forcing the Governor to veto

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:17am
  84. I will not ever go to Az. That’s a shame my mom was born there.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:17am
  85. i am sure that law will fail

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:17am
  86. Veto!!! Whatever happened to seperation of Church and State???

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:18am
  87. I guess if your gay, Mexican or black, it might not be a good idea to visit Arihellholezona.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:24am
  88. HATE AINT FREE <3 = <3 Signing Arizona’s hate-protection bill would earn Governor Jan Brewer some serious street cred with her Tea Party base, but political and business leaders are making clear it’d come at a heavy cost to the Arizona economy.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:26am
  89. We LGBT use American Airlines to traffick our Crystal Meth all over the world and our IPhones to make the hook ups makes a lot of sense.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:27am
  90. Thank you Apple and AA.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:29am
  91. Let Arizona decide not celebs and corporations that don’t really give a shit about us Gays. If they did we would have got all our rights when bill Clinton was President.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:29am
  92. http://www.quickmeme.com/img/ac/acbde2ddd4d29de45114302a87450a9ffafee9b813c26c3e812f7102c94369aa.jpg

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:25am
  93. I love Arizona but will never go there again until this ridiculous, unconstitutional law is rescinded

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:29am
  94. I’m arguing with a bunch of liberals that insist we need to cut all HIV AID off to Uganda because they wont give their Gays special rights. My reply was yeah since we didn’t get our way lets let them all die.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:30am
  95. Kudos to Apple and AA. :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:30am
  96. Lol Craig your so Not funny. Why don’t you get with Roby noon you two make a great couple ( of nuts)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:34am
  97. Yet we want to insult corporations who lobby any other time? Bullshit! It’s America. Let the system run it’s course.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:34am
  98. FUCK APPLE&American airlines!!!why dont they say we’ll help the public in producing more jobs….they’re takeing all the fk up people so that the only way there helping out getting all these weirdos off our streets…but its cool…cause as soon as we get our fields back on track and our farm liveing…we wont need cell phones or computers no more…just waiting for 2020!!!when we get our water rights back from China!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:36am
  99. If it passes, the establishment needs to put up signs of Shame “We discriminate”. I wouldn’t doubt that they would lose members…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:36am
  100. Boycotted now

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:38am
  101. Well maybe we should all turn in all our apple shit & I will never fly America airlines again!!!!!how f—— up is their thinking for god sake it is flipping 2014 really!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:43am
  102. exactly how high are you right now? http://www.quickmeme.com/img/ac/acbde2ddd4d29de45114302a87450a9ffafee9b813c26c3e812f7102c94369aa.jpg

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:24am
  103. And this is why I am so damn proud to work for Apple.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:44am
  104. It will be wonderful: Arizona atheists, who will in some court be found to have “substantial beliefs,” will be able to discriminate against right wingnut Christians!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:44am
  105. Deborah – Do you think Apple or American Airlines really care if you buy their products or continue to fly their airline? It’s 2014 and discrimination like this bill is PLAIN WRONG! It’s just that simple. Equality for all!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:47am
  106. My motto has always been, if you support me, I'll support you. Starbucks is proof how well it can do when they fight for equality! Everyone in my house hold has many Apple products and we'll continue to purchase them, as long as they stand for equality!

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:24am
  107. One stupid law

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:48am
  108. Thank you Apple and American Airlines for your support against this bill. Two companies that are standing on the right side of history.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:50am
  109. It’s just how I feel about it !

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:50am
  110. My point exactly Craig Hill Phd gays are acting worse than heterosexuals…gays first started off by promoting love&PEACE….now they want blood&guts…and the people land&homes …when are gays going stop polluting our rivers&oceans….they are pushing these gay rights laws out of spite…when they should be focused on helping a society that can help them back….but nope gays want to wipe a society out to fill it with there own kind….WHEN WILL THAT EVER HAPPEN????So stop daydreaming and start thinking how to get along…gays are so excepted these days….but no ones a perfect society these days and to try and make one is just plain psychotic!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:52am
  111. Deborah – Thankfully people with your view are in the minority

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:52am
  112. I guess we are not allowed to speek our minds now to!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:54am
  113. speak

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:23am
  114. Discrimination is WRONG and this bill is discriminatory!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:55am
  115. Thank god almighty people with your view are the minority!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:57am
  116. More large arizona based corps. Need to join in!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:02am
  117. And Apple’s support for Gay Rights and Equality is one of the major reasons that I am getting rid of my LG G2 and getting an iPhone 5s this Saturday… can’t wait! Thank you Apple for supporting Us, returning the favor this weekend!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:03am
  118. Intel too?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:03am
  119. #Bad4AzBiz #VetoSB1062
    http://i.imgur.com/HD8KsVe.jpg

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:04am
  120. There is nothing Godly or Christ- like about discrimination.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:04am
  121. Sadly, do you think that will have any sway with that BITCH???

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:05am
  122. That would make sense, as Republican lawmakers really only listen to big business.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:05am
  123. Really how many gays do you know exactly????? I am gay & I am gay & I want nothing unless I worked hard & earned it honestly in life & I know a lot of other gay people that live by that way of thinking in life!!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:08am
  124. are you also off your meds & also off your meds?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:23am
  125. #Bad4AzBiz #VetoSB1062
    http://i.imgur.com/ndgMt7C.jpg

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:10am
  126. People still use apple??? Ya im sure they will drop everything because Apple and aa said so Lol

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:12am
  127. http://www.quickmeme.com/img/ac/acbde2ddd4d29de45114302a87450a9ffafee9b813c26c3e812f7102c94369aa.jpg

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:26am
  128. And here is a list of companies that have corporate offices in AZ. They should be doing the same as these two companies.
    • ABCO Foods
    • Air Evac
    • Allied Waste Industries
    • America West Airlines
    • Amkor Technology
    • Apollo Group
    • Arizona Diamondbacks
    • Arizona Public Service
    • Arizona Republic
    • ASARCO
    • Avnet
    • Bashas’ Supermarkets
    • Best Western
    • Carollo Engineers
    • CSK Auto
    • Cold Stone Creamery
    • CyraCom International
    • Davidson & Belluso
    • Dial Corporation
    • Discount Tire Company
    • eFunds Corporation
    • Fender Musical Instruments
    • First Solar
    • Freeport-McMoRan(Phelps Dodge)
    • Fry’s Food and Drug, a division of Kroger
    • Fulton Homes
    • Giant Industries
    • Go Daddy
    • Grand Canyon Airlines
    • Harkins Theatres
    • Insight Enterprises
    • JDA Software Group
    • Jobing.com
    • Knight Transportation
    • Main Street Restaurant Group
    • Meritage Homes
    • Mesa Airlines
    • Microchip Technology
    • Mobile Mini
    • ON Semiconductor
    • P.F. Chang’s China Bistro
    • Peter Piper Pizza
    • PetSmart
    • Pinnacle West Capital Corporation
    • Poore Brothers
    • The Rainmaker Institute
    • Republic Services
    • RotorWay International
    • Rural/Metro
    • Safety Services Company
    • Salt River Project
    • Shamrock Farms
    • Sierra Pacific Airlines
    • Swift Air
    • Swift Transportation
    • TASER International
    • Tilted Kilt
    • U-Haul
    • US Airways
    • Unisource Energy
    • Viad Corporation
    • Voiance Language Services
    • Westcor

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:17am
  129. #Bad4AzBiz #VetoSB1062
    http://i.imgur.com/xax9eRT.jpg

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:18am
  130. And you really think just because people are Mexican,black,Chinese,indian or gay that they are not racist..HAHAHA!!!what kinda drug are you on…theres good&bad in everyones nationality ……and the only way you getting any respect is to fight for it…go out and protest&do more gatherings….just no violence cause then you’ll lose it all…. OUR GOD ALMIGHTY will soon be here and will make EVERLASTING LIFE A REALITY!!!!who else gives that hopeof EVERLASTING LIFE!!!surely not the devil or atheist….right!…so at least I have the hope of EVERLASTING LIFE with GOD ALMIGHTY!!!!I can live with that…what do you have to look forward to….just a grave?…we have a much bigger purpose in life than just sex working&dying….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:19am
  131. @Angel….hands up,and shout!!! Except “Chinese” ???? It’s Asian….still love ya post.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:25am
  132. GOOD

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:26am
  133. Kortney Gerhardt I guess I have a bit of respect for Apple now..

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:29am
  134. Good girl. :)

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:30am
  135. And you really think just because people are Mexican,black,Chinese,indian or gay that they are not racist..HAHAHA!!!what kinda drug are you on…theres good&bad in everyones nationality ….you can not build a society without losing the one before….its called fashion it changes every day….we are humanbeings that choose to reproduce…you choose the same sex…so you choose not to reproduce..and that is your choice ..but its always wise to give people that choice this way whatever they do choose, you cannot say no one gave him a choice…that’s why GOD ALMIGHTY gave everyone free will to choose!!from good or bad…and only the strong will stand against satan “temptations of the world”…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:31am
  136. Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 2:45am