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Ariz. legislature approves bill allowing religious discrimination against gays

Bill now heads to Gov. Jan Brewer
Thursday, February 20, 2014
The Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.

The Arizona state capitol in Phoenix.

Updated: 5:45 p.m. MST

PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature gave final approval Thursday to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal “state-sanctioned discrimination” and an embarrassment.

The 33-27 vote by the House sends the legislation to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer and puts Arizona back at the forefront of a polarizing piece of legislation four years after the state enacted an immigration crackdown that caused a national furor.

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.

Chad Campbell

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.

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

The legislation prompted a heated debate on the floor of the House, touching on issues such as the religious freedom, constitutional protections and civil rights.

Opponents raised scenarios 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. One lawmaker held up a sign that read “NO GAYS ALLOWED” in arguing what could happen if the law took effect, drawing a rebuke for violating House rules.

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

“We see a growing hostility toward religion,” said Josh Kredit, legal counsel for the group.

All but three Republicans in the House backed the bill Thursday evening. The Senate passed the bill a day earlier on a straight party-line vote of 17-13.

Brewer 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 not clear whether she would support or reject this plan.

The legislation comes also as an increasing number of conservative states grapple with ways to counter the increasing legality of gay marriage.

Arizona’s voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage as a state constitutional amendment in 2008. It’s one of 29 states with such prohibitions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Federal judges have recently struck down bans in Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia, but those decisions are under appeal.

Republican Sen. Steve Yarbrough called his proposal a First Amendment issue during the Senate debate.

“This bill is not about allowing discrimination,” Yarbrough said. “This bill is about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith.”

Democrats say it is an outright attack on the rights of gays and lesbians.

“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.”

The bill is similar to a proposal last year brought by Yarbrough but vetoed by Brewer. That legislation also 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. During the Senate debate Wednesday, Democrats said the bill could allow people to break nearly any law and cite religious freedom as a defense.

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

Rep. Chad Campbell of Phoenix, the Democratic minority leader, said during 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.

Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, said the Democrats’ rhetoric was misplaced.

“Sometimes people’s rhetoric tends to inflame instead of explain,” Biggs said. “And I would suggest if there is going to be a backlash because of 1062 … it will because of the intemperate and inaccurate rhetoric.”

The measure is SB 1062.

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  1. some people need to keep this shit alive discrimination.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:12am
  2. Wtf Arizona…..

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:12am
  3. The ghost of Jim Grow lives again

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:12am
  4. This will not hold up in federal courts

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:12am
  5. And yet they waste tax payer dollars (and a lot of it) to defend such nonsense.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:21am
  6. Exactly. Cause they are miserable people!

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:22am
  7. Of course they do. Effing Arizona

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:12am
  8. That’s AZ for ya. :)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:13am
  9. So I assume that this means gay proprieters can discriminate against Christians? Cause if not then this will be declared Unconstitutional in short order….

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:13am
  10. That was just what I was thinking.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:17am
  11. i ask my husband the same thing

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:31am
  12. thats EXACTLY what this means. But they didn't think of that possible consequence when they passed it. All hell's going to break loose if this gets signed into law, and the conservatives have no one to blame but themselves. #SSDDforRepublicans

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:32am
  13. Fuck them up and beat them down. #BREEDERS

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:45am
  14. I would be very careful, or even outright forget, this line of logic and encouragement. It could very easily backfire.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:48am
  15. I sure hope that it means gay proprieters can discriminate against Jesus Freaks.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:49am
  16. Oh I'm not suggesting that any gay (or gay allied...) people TRY it, I'm simply saying that the courts will throw it out because the law DOESN'T apply that way.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:49am
  17. gay,les,bi,ffm and mmf are not like that and they are all very peace full community so please do not make others confused regarding the Identity !!!

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:08am
  18. These people being Christian is not the problem , these people being fake Republican Taliban Christians is the problme.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:22am
  19. we can only hope...

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:23am
  20. That is so crazy!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:13am
  21. So sad…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:13am
  22. Cool

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:14am
  23. So sad and a state not to move to

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:14am
  24. Try New Mexico.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:39am
  25. Fucktards

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:14am
  26. No that’s sad

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:14am
  27. Arizona when the white trash, inbred, hillbillies retire.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:14am
  28. another state I will avoid like the plague

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:14am
  29. Sigh*

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:15am
  30. Again, what ever happened to separation of church and government? I guess other people’s rights don’t matter, do they? Welcome to America, Land of The NOT Free. :/

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:15am
  31. Don't worry it is unconstitutional.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:38am
  32. My 8th grade history teacher was just talking about separation of church and government a couple of weeks ago too...

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:42am
  33. What’s the point in passing this? It’s unconstitutional and will be struck down immediately by the courts. Waste of time, money and resources is all I see this as. Pathetic!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:15am
  34. political points with bigots and their own bigoted egos

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:27am
  35. Another State passes Christian Sharia law, how Taliban of them.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:16am
  36. Since each and every court decision has highlighted how animus in laws that seek to discriminate against gay people affects their judgements in the cases they review… We have ridiculously stupid, sloppy, and delusional opponents imo.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:16am
  37. Ill be avoiding az and floriduh.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:17am
  38. Agree! Don't forget Texas and SD, WV, Mississippi or kansas also!!!!

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:21am
  39. Texas is fixin to go gay..Fairy Larry The Texas Queen Says So

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:47am
  40. I tell you, all they got in Texas are steers and queers and I sure don't see any horns on you Rick Perry ..

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:43am
  41. Disgusted!!!! :(

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:17am
  42. ASSHATS!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:17am
  43. It won’t stick.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:18am
  44. a bunch of Rouge Politicians that don’t understand basic civil rights. Oh course this will be struck down.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:18am
  45. That’s bullshit. Those bible banging cunts need there asses kicked. If there going to discriminate than it’s time we discriminate against them. It’s time to burn bibles

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:18am
  46. Sorry bt at then end off the day we r ppl doesn’t matter if we r gay or nt we r all ppl

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:19am
  47. Boooo on Arizona! This is unconstitutional!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:19am
  48. In order to pass a law like this one, the politicians need to substitute “straight white male” for whatever they are against, and see if that decision still sits well with them!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:19am
  49. This is such a sad day!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:20am
  50. I am so disappointed with Arizona!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:20am
  51. the only good thing that could come out of this is the churches will be opening them selves up for taxes

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:20am
  52. Unconstitutional. Won’t last long

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:21am
  53. it will change,dont worry

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:21am
  54. Back to the Jim Crowe laws again!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:21am
  55. Fuck Arizona!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:21am
  56. Thats the south for you, dumb asses and bigots galore!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:21am
  57. One step forward and two steps back. That’s why it’s SO important for younger people to vote. I’m 73. I’ve lived through so much of this. If younger people don’t get involved and vote, their world (not mine) will quickly revert backwards. Do not think it can’t. Already Texas ignores Supreme Court rulings. This is your fight, kids. I’m done.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:22am
  58. And then Christians get mad when people are prejudiced against them. Don’t throw stones at glass houses

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:22am
  59. Well thats so awsome!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:23am
  60. And, by the way, they thrive on name calling. Don’t waste your breath.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:23am
  61. Wow the ignorance

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:23am
  62. One more state I won’t retire to…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:23am
  63. So far 35 likes? What the hell!?! History class apparently teaches us NOTHING. Sad for this world

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:23am
  64. They teach your children their revisionist history.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:15am
  65. State sponsored discrimination! Are you kidding me? Let the lawsuits begin. Separation of church and state!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:24am
  66. SO disappointed in arizona today…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:24am
  67. Wow!! We may as well let the KKK and adolph run our country. Seems like people like discrimination and segregation. American Ur turning into a shit hole and I for one am fucking sick of being forced to pay taxes and NOT be treated equally. Where’s the option for me to opt out of government control?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:25am
  68. The AZ legislature should be ashamed of themselves for passing blatent discrimination laws. If I lived in AZ I would be calling for impeachment to all that agreed with this bill. AZ will burn in hell for this.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:25am
  69. You know, I really don’t give the first shit about anybody’s religious beliefs. Follow whatever faith you want, pray to whatever God suits your personal needs. But don’t you DARE think you have any right to use those same beliefs as a means to discriminate against other people! This is not a fucking theocracy we’re living in! Your outdated bibles do NOT trump the constitutional laws of a secular country like ours. And, if you really believe for a split second that they do, then you plain and simply need professional help. This bullshit legislation is not going to stand a snowball’s chance in hell of sticking.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:26am
  70. They should read the constitution.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:27am
  71. LOL – “religious”…………………….LOLOL!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:28am
  72. I’m wondering if I disagreed with someone’s religion if I could refuse service? What about right to refuse service to anyone? Sounds like a sticky situation.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:28am
  73. And this is only one reason I left that @#>€ up state

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:29am
  74. It’s going to get killed by the Senate just like in every other state that tried it. These ignorant “christian” fundamentalists should just quit now. They are only embarrassing themselves at this point.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:29am
  75. The Senate already passed it. It now moves to the Governor.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:34am
  76. Guess I should read the article before I comment. I can't believe that all the politicians in Arizona are assholes. It's typically only half the politicians in a state.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:38am
  77. When I fly to LAX I'll make sure to take a dump over Arizona. Also I'll never spend a red cent in that State until this is changed. I encourage any one gay or straight to do the same !!

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:39am
  78. So unconstitutional!!!! Gays are regular people too… why take our rights away!! Might as well say F*** human rights and let everything go to s**t… F*** Arizona

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:30am
  79. This law is so broadly written. Basically anyone can discriminate against whomever they wish & say it was based on religious conviction.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:30am
  80. The door this would open is abominable. It would set a precedent allowing anyone to discriminate against anything that they claim “violates” their religion. Shameful that these people are so ignorant of the separation of church and state.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:30am
  81. Just means I won’t be taking any vacations in Arizona. I say spend money in state where you’re welcome.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:30am
  82. Its a sad shame. Why AZ would you allow that.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:31am
  83. FUCK the Christians and FUCK ARIZONA!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:32am
  84. I actually wanted to move to Phoenix but don’t think so. I have to live in California and pay high cost to live here because it seems this state is the only one to figure out people r people and if we got rid of the major bible thumping tv preachers outta here we wouldn’t have had the prop 8 discrimination. I think all u ass holes who wanna discriminate need to move the the coldest damn state in the USA and keep Ur asses there and see how long u succeed cause I highly doubt u r going to find Ur fabulous hair stylist and all the good that us gays do and services we provide and yet u still want to hurt us because the preacher at Ur church tells u something so he or she gets a larger offering and hello they r in business for Ur money. Ask them to do it free and don’t provide them with their fancy new cars and housing and shit and yup I guarantee u they won’t be sticking around.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:34am
  85. Who is pushing what agenda now!?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:35am
  86. Are you kidding me? =_= They’re just using religion as a cover up because they hate what they don’t understand or agree with. >_> That’s not a legitimate reason. This is just ridiculous.
    In this case, I feel like religion is a being used as scapegoat for hatred and inequality. We’re taught that this kind of thing is wrong- that people should be treated equally. We grew up learning about the horrors and trials of those persecuted for their race, religion, and gender. Yet this is an acceptable law? Discrimination shouldn’t be legal for ANY reason…gender, race, orientation, religion, etc. Have we learned nothing from past? Ugh, so stupid and sad.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:36am
  87. Here’s the info to contact your representatives and tell them to vote NO!
    http://www.azleg.gov/alisStaticPages/HowToContactMember.asp

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:36am
  88. Today, whatever higher power there is weeps.

    Like everyone is saying, this won’t hold up in the Federal courts.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:36am
  89. So. . . how is someone going to know who is and isn’t a part of the LGBT community? Do the citizens of Arizona have to register somewhere, maybe they have to wear a pink triangle on their clothes. Or a rainbow. This is how it started in 1930′s Germany. And. . . can someone tell me when hatred became part of mainstream religion’s teachings?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:38am
  90. shmucks . . .

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:38am
  91. Boo for Arizona

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:39am
  92. hippocrites

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:39am
  93. So does this mean we have to carry around some kind of gay/straight identification?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:40am
  94. totally unconstitutional & a waste of Arizona taxpayers money. Conservative Family Values, indeed – more like BULLSHIT

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:40am
  95. I never thought Jesus would be pushing for legislation to keep people OUT of something.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:42am
  96. how sad for them!They still don’t understand the teachings of Christ and continue to call themselves “GOOD CHRISTIANS” :(

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:42am
  97. Racist bastards !

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:42am
  98. Oh Jesus what is this country coming to

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:42am
  99. Going back to the Stone Age I see, sadness.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:45am
  100. As I live here in Az. I’m not happy about this. Very disrespectful. But remember not all of us here in Az is for this. Remember that before you put down Az. We also have to suffer what these idiots are doing to the LGBT community. I just won’t support any of the stores that will have these damn signs up.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:45am
  101. No reason to go to AZ

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:46am
  102. Then I assume all hair stylists, wedding consultants, decorators, and florists can refuse services to the heterosexuals… Good luck!!! LOL

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:47am
  103. They should be impeached for legislating discrimination in the land of the free….how unamerican:(

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:48am
  104. I’m sorry but if I’m not mistaken isn’t all forms of religious beliefs our rite under the Constitution. I thought the constitution of the united states, covered everyone in this country regardless of what state we live in. Seems at age 54, I must have been taught WRONG, back in my school days, or does Arizona seem to think or believe they are their own Country and NOT part of the United States Of America.?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:49am
  105. Fuck that shit bring gays on

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:49am
  106. And fuck the rest of you bend over and take it

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:50am
  107. What a fucking joke!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:50am
  108. I’m amazed that Arizona of all states would pass such blatantly pro Muslim legislation. Now blind people with guide dogs will never get service from any business owned by a Muslim.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:51am
  109. Old white fuckers.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:52am
  110. is it just gay people or can the narrow minded exclude others at religiuous will as well?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:52am
  111. Honey… They may not be getting any.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:53am
  112. I see Hitler is alive and kicking in AZ. I am beginning to believe religion is the root of all evil :-(

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:53am
  113. For 38 years I always thought it was money.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:13am
  114. There is only one U.S. Constitution.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:53am
  115. So, I guess a KKK member can now claim his religious beliefs prevent him from doing business with African Americans. This will open a huge can of worms, allowing anyone to discriminate against whomever they choose…as long as they use their religion as an excuse.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:54am
  116. Preaching hate on the people that hate us will never change anything and it certainly doesn’t make us any different than they are

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:56am
  117. So I’m gay and an atheist, so I can go into a business and ask the owner if they are Christian or Muslim and if they say yes, I can refuse to do business with them – cool!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:59am
  118. Only in AZ! We have many states that discriminate but they actually voted for it to happen!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:00am
  119. Gee, how sad! It will not be long – it will be old news and they reverse it.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:02am
  120. What country is this? What century?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:03am
  121. Arizona, bite me!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:05am
  122. Somebody please tell me how religious belief ties into commerce. Last I checked you didn’t have to be a certain religion to buy goods and services. So does the legislation also apply to situations where anti semitics can deny services to Jewish people, or anti Muslims can do the same to Islamic people? Or is this another legislation that’s special for just us gay folks?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:06am
  123. I hope the good people of Arizona will remember this day when they vote again for their legislators!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:11am
  124. Horrible.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:11am
  125. Arizona can go fuck itself, I’m staying in California

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:12am
  126. Gross

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:14am
  127. too bad I cant afford investment property in AZ….I sure would like to evict some Christians.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:15am
  128. So what if a totally heterosexual man or woman walks in who happens to be a little effeminate or butch and is perceived as being gay or lesbian…guess they’ll be denied services too? So a so-called Christian police officer can refuse emergency assistance to anyone he or she perceives as part of the LGBT community? Same with hospital emergency staff? Absolutely outrageous!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:19am
  129. I say all the gays and lesbians in az need to stop paying there state taxes… why pay them if we have no rights in a state that we live in… if the gov signs it im making plans to move

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:20am
  130. Everyone I know that lives in AZ are delusionaly wealthy, so I assume that had a hand in this ruling. What about people with no organized religious affiliation? Boycott family trips to Arizona this year during spring break. Families AND college/university students as well! There are plenty of other states with freedom of religion laws upheld and will happily host all of you.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:20am
  131. So mothers can expose themselves feeding a baby because it is their right and you can’t say a d@## thing like cover up yourself but it is ok to refuse service to someone who is gay? REALLY? Seems to always come down to the religious rights as they trump everything else in this world. I believe it is time to become active and take a much stronger stance to correct the injustices towards my brothers and sisters in arms!!!! TIME TO GO RADICAL.Dallas has it’s own gay community and we allow straight s to eat in our restaurants and shop in our stores and go into our clubs. I believe turn about is fair play. If this passes then by all means time to take it to them.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:21am
  132. Well my religious beliefs is to not believe in god so lets deny services to religions!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:23am
  133. So gays have to wear pink triangles on all their clothes to distinguish themselves? Shame on the hateful republicans in AZ.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:24am
  134. Pathetic piece of legislation!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:25am
  135. They purposefully left out LGBT and made it broad- so it’s not just LGBT but any person, and put the focus on expression of religious liberty. So they have sidestepped the Romer v. Evans “malicious intent” problem and reshaped it. But to be very clear, during debate on the Senate floor, it was very clear who was targeted. So I think a challenge would depend on using legislative history, and if the court thinks that that is necessary or if they will only look at the plain language. I think that this particular SCOTUS would uphold this law if it went. I mean, this thing reads as if Scalia and Thomas were their legal advisers.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:25am
  136. Ass hats..

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:26am
  137. I’d be curious to see what they would do if one person’s religious expression violated another person’s religious expression. Because discrimination based on religion is held to a higher scrutiny automatically (court-wise), and now you’ve got a law that is a catch-22. This came up on the floor, and without their lawyers to answer questions in their ears, the Senator sponsoring it admitted there were holes. I believe the Rules Committee nonpartisan attorney advised them there were problems as well.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:28am
  138. WTF is wrong with these people, what’s next, blacks, Mexicans, etc.. This is so so wrong. Your going backwards Arizona.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:28am
  139. Only in AZ could such ignorance be allowed

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:29am
  140. Shame on AZ

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:29am
  141. Dickweeds!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:29am
  142. /facepalm

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:31am
  143. Guess I will scratch them off my list of places to look for work.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:32am
  144. This is a shame! They are just making a statement… It’s clearly unconstitutional…and bone-headed…clearly in violation of the commerce laws.. This is not good for society nor for the local economy.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:32am
  145. Arizona going back to the dark ages ..

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:32am
  146. Assholes…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:32am
  147. Other states are rejecting these bills and here we are wasting tax dollars on discrimination!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:32am
  148. Arizona, you have once again disappointed me. Well, looks like another thing I’ve got to deal with

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:35am
  149. I won’t be going there anytime soon!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:38am
  150. Bah.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:40am
  151. KANSAS DIDN’T

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:40am
  152. Smh …

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:45am
  153. Shame on Arizona!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:47am
  154. I feel ashamed to call AZ my home state, now. I thought they were better than this. Looks like we have to start from scratch

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:51am
  155. My god so to speak , is that religion? Not surprise I despite ALL religions, nothing made so much trouble- killed so many people in the historie than that, and unfortunately the bastards practicing it continues and have not learned anything from the historie… I sincerely hope the must burn in hell all of them…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:52am
  156. Stop forcing religion down the throats of others.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:58am
  157. This bill is the first step in denying the following groups civil rights: black people, women, disabled people, Muslims, Jews, pagans, Wiccans, Hindus (need I add other religious groups?), children of gay parents…and so many others.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 1:59am
  158. Chriton Lyons: from what my dad says, she’s a bitch and a Republican. I bet you she signs it into law. Now I WANT to go go AZ. I want to stand and protest! My grandmother there is hardcore Christian and tried to change my sexuality. I don’t listen of course. We should go and help the LGBTQ community there fight for their rights!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:00am
  159. Religious hate?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:00am
  160. Oxymoron!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:00am
  161. Im sooooo proud to call this state my home . :) *sike* im ashamed of arizona state

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:01am
  162. Well I guess now they will have to pass a law requiring all gay people to wear a pink triangle on their clothes to identify them as gay – just at the Nazis did.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:05am
  163. Our rights* (directed at my comment))

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:07am
  164. Jake California is laaaaaaaame

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:08am
  165. I live in AZ and was wondering who else here does.. we need to get together and protest our states notions.. we cannot just sit here and watch it happen

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:08am
  166. Smh

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:10am
  167. Crazy state to completely avoid.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:12am
  168. Guess you all will need to discriminate against these so called Christians. See how they like being a second class citizen and they will be screaming for a secular government!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:13am
  169. These people Have created their own religion.
    I might call myself spiritual, however religion has nothing to do with it. I was in church (growing up) every time the doors were open. However, when I got old enough to think for myself, it was people like these that changed my path. There are things that I remember when I was in church and religion, especially Christianity, based on hate for others, is not one of them.

    Galatians 3:28

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

    Galatians 5:14

    For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
    Acts 10:34

    So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality,

    Mark 12:31

    “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

    Based on just a few verses from the bible ( but there are far more than this, I can assure you), how can they call this religion and not discrimination? These people have twisted their faith so much that they don’t even know the difference anymore.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:14am
  170. Just move out of Arizona. Such despicability.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:21am
  171. The hate of the religious of America… The GOP is ensuring its death at the elections….too bad we cannot kill religion!!! hate…they know nothing else….

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:28am
  172. BOO!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:43am
  173. fuck arizona

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:43am
  174. Despicable!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:43am
  175. Arizona peeps…RAISE SOME HELL!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:44am
  176. So does this mean they can use their religious discrimination to discriminate against people of other religions (like Christians discriminating against Hindus or Muslims)?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:46am
  177. Well then it’s ok for people to discriminate against religious people?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:48am
  178. THEY WILL CHANGE THIS!IT WONT LAST!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:53am
  179. They just want to be Jerks!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:53am
  180. If they’re worried about obscenity, they’re formenting it.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:07am
  181. smh

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:08am
  182. What’s really sad is that these same people would readily accept assistance for a gay firefighter or cop, but want to refuse equality to that same person. Bigots at their best.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:14am
  183. What benefits does this have for the community?
    Does this promote any kind of equality?
    In the progression of humankind does this serve any other purpose than to alienate the ingenuity and innovation that these people could have provide to the world?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:21am
  184. Of course they did. It’s hell and Jan Brewer is satan- a really ugly satan

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:21am
  185. religious people allowed to discriminate? Am I the only one that finds that comical? supposed to be accepting of all….but not if you’re gay!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:22am
  186. Leslie Harlan

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:23am
  187. Haha religious people- what a joke. Christians are the most hateful bunch in the world. They get to prove it with laws like this.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:24am
  188. :( Their bigotry is on display for all the world to see! Shameful…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:26am
  189. Christians have been discriminating for centuries. Now they want to continue under GOP patronage.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:35am
  190. Such godly people god does not make rubbish

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:36am
  191. Arizona needs to be there own country. I am ashamed to say that state is apart of my country. They could start a war in our own country.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:38am
  192. Does this also mean a Buddhist can discriminate against a Christian? Bet not

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:57am
  193. I have a bad feeling that there just might be a war over lgbt people and rights.. I mean the world now is pretty much starting to get involved..

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:57am
  194. I shall never return there

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:00am
  195. Damn

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:02am
  196. Screw Arizona …. Another place to …. Not Spend my vacation $$$

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:14am
  197. I love working for a state that hates me.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:15am
  198. PHOENIX GLAD I CHANGED MY MIND ABOUT LIVING THERE!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:15am
  199. Is Arizona part of a Russian State?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:16am
  200. the People of Arizona ought to be ashamed of themselves for being led around the right wing christian republican party, who, for your information, is much like the Nazi Mentality of the German Military Leaders of WWII, where they invented the PINK TRIANGLE, sewed it to the clothing of Gay Men, shot them, then threw them into the ovens…and…and…and…the German People, much like the People of Arizona, watched………..WELCOME TO AMERICA: WELCOME TO ARIZONA…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:43am
  201. Wow! This news makes me sad!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:47am
  202. Let’s divorce Arizona from USA.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 4:49am
  203. I am one of 1000′s of USMC GAY-VETs that help keep your rights and FREEDOM so that YOU can own a business. Now you’re going to deny me access/rights to your business – the one I help to protect? Fine – I will take my money to your competitor so that he/she can feed his/her family. Oh and by the way – if I walk by your business and see you passed out covered in your own vomit, I will still care for YOU because you are a fellow human being. REGARDLESS OF YOUR BELIEFS!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:09am
  204. So if a gay business owner has someone come in that has denied them service can they deny service to that person on the same basis or is this just a holier than thou my way is right law?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:40am
  205. There’s gonna be all kinds of abuse because of this silly law. You can guarantee they’ll get sued! Neanderthals.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:51am
  206. Well since it’s illegal to make laws based on religion it won’t last long!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:01am
  207. Now we know where that fence SHOULD go.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:06am
  208. Why does LGBTQ refuse to say these bigots are Republicans?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:21am
  209. WTF,,, LEGALIZING DISCRIMINATION?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:39am
  210. Bigotry under the guise of religious tolerance and freedom. What happens when the bigotry is pointed at them as it is in many Muslim countries? Then it’s unacceptable right? It’s a truly slippery slope they’re choosing and I say go ahead! They will reap what they sew!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:58am
  211. :-(

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:59am
  212. Of course. It’s Arizona…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 7:09am
  213. Where can we find a list of the House and Senate members who voted YES to this bill? They need to know that if this bill is signed by the governor, then it will be all out war on Arizona and it will damage their economy.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:28am
  214. Dear Google please reconsider building here.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:30am
  215. On so many levels it’s like stepping back in time!!! CRAZY!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:37am
  216. The world is getting worse every day!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 8:43am
  217. this is sooooo wrong!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:23am
  218. Some of these states just need to leave the fuckin’ Union…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:40am
  219. Well I would say that the gay and lesbian should take their millions if vacation dollars spent there every year and give it to a different state!!! Yes Arizona, I guess I won’t come to your state anymore, GLBT. BOYCOTT ARIZONA

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 9:41am
  220. Time to tax religious affiliations!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:14am
  221. Guys, please do NOT think that everyone in AZ or those of us who left agree with this crap. AZ has some very serious issues and this is NOT what they should be wasting time on, trust me. AZ( Phoenix, Jerome, Sedona, and Tucson in particular) have strong LGBTQ communities and loads of supporters that will not let this stuff go without a fight. I’m straight as can be, but have good friends and family who are part of your Community. I support them and I support all of you! There are good folks in AZ and they WILL fight for you!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:16am
  222. A good example of how a move to discriminate against one group for an apparenrtly good reason, can quickly wash over into disscriminatrion for any reason.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:45am
  223. Arizona sucks

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 10:47am
  224. WTH?! WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE NOW DAYS?!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:51am
  225. Gee, what a great idea Brian except for the fact that we still need our designer jeans and this & that designer whatever. If and only if every gay or whatever individual stuck together and did this, will it work. That’s what the LGBT community lacks. Not only should the gay community be horrified by this, but the black community should also be. Remember “No Blacks Allowed” , Blacks only at drinking fountains, etc. And don’t tell me that this is not a religious issue too. When are we ever going to get past the labeling and act like adults.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:36pm
  226. gays fights for your rights

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 12:55pm
  227. How backwards, our fore fathers came here escaping religious persecution, and now this tumbleweed state is reverting by letting religion create laws. This is the USA, ur religion does not get the right to create laws. What an awful place to live, unless u r white and straight

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:31pm
  228. “We see a growing hostility toward religion,” said Josh Kredit, legal counsel for the group. Well, if people who are supposedly religious (read Christian) put forth this kind of discriminatory legislation, it would be surprising if there wasn’t hostility.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:34pm
  229. Tell me again why anyone lives in Arizona. I would be crazy if I had to put up with all that nonsense.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:37pm
  230. let them be stupid. and when you know the businesses that act this way. Yelp.com about them. and see how long their crap business stays open.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 2:55pm
  231. ALL religions need to be thrown out of local/state & federal governments. No place for this made up fairy tale shit.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:12pm
  232. TO THE SUPREME COURT! *transition clip*

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 3:21pm