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Tucson pizzeria reserves right to refuse service to Ariz. lawmakers

Friday, February 21, 2014

TUCSON, Ariz. — A local pizzeria in Tucson, Ariz., has a message for state lawmakers who, on Thursday, approved legislation that allows business owners to assert their religious beliefs by refusing service to gays and others.

Rocco’s Little Chicago pizzeria posted this photo to Twitter with the message, “Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these says.”

“As a longtime employer and feeder of the gay community, Rocco’s reserves the right to eject any State Senators we see fit to kick out,” was a follow-up tweet.

Rocco's Pizzeria

Rocco’s Pizzeria

The legislation now heads 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.

The measure is SB 1062.

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  1. what a shame

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:41pm
  2. And this “Right” will lose them a lot of money to be able to discriminate because of religion. What did Jesus say about “Feeding the hungry”?? :(

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:41pm
  3. but obviously they dont care about it^^

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:43pm
  4. When it's the right thing to do...you DO it!!

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:44pm
  5. Um 'love thy neighbour' !

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:57pm
  6. That is fantastic. :)

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:41pm
  7. lol love this… what a pack of assholes lead that state.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:42pm
  8. Really sad for those of us who live her too.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:14pm
  9. Sorry "here".

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:14pm
  10. _That_ state? how about Kansas? Florida? North Carolina? Arkansas? Texas? the list grows...

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:24pm
  11. Where ever the Republican Taliban is in charge extreme anti--gay bills are being brought forward, yet so many gays continue to vote Republican.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:45pm
  12. Refuse service to all Arizonans.
    Then we’ll see what happens.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:42pm
  13. It’s really outrageous and it won’t stand up in court.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:42pm
  14. Oh yes it would, they have the right to refuse service to anyone they want.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:01pm
  15. Right on!

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:03pm
  16. Efforts at immigration laws that have been based on discrimination haven't stood up in court and i don't think this will either.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:07pm
  17. I'm not trying to hate on anyone here but if they have the right refuse business to anyone....doesn't every other business out there? Doesn't this just lead to Hate begets hate?

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:21pm
  18. I was just about to suggest this! :D
    I think we’ll do the same if any of them come to Texas and need a plumber, heh.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:43pm
  19. JEJEJEJE!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:43pm
  20. Push us away all you want. You’ll only lose money and more business from the people who support us.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:43pm
  21. You are a tiny sick minority hon and frankly your business is not wanted !

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:55pm
  22. I think they meant people discriminating against LGBT people.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:31pm
  23. Oh Shawnnah...you have a very sad life...get help as your bigotry is not wanted..you are a dying breed.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:40pm
  24. What century do Tucson’s live in??

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:43pm
  25. Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:44pm
  26. Wait is this a color photo from the 50′s&60′s?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:45pm
  27. Good for them

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:45pm
  28. Are gay and straight water fountains next?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:46pm
  29. gay water fountains are the best

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:37pm
  30. Awesome response!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:46pm
  31. Sounds like it

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:46pm
  32. Your hate should not be made legislation. If this is allowed , it could be brown eyed people next, or any group hateful people wish to target. I wish to target divorced people. I think that should be the law. Hypocrite.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:47pm
  33. Just another insecure old school republican puffing his feathers!!! The Republican Party is really reducing their vote potential by creating asinine, discriminatory legislature like this! Wake up REPUBLICANS, your party will soon not exist if this keeps up. The younger, open minded, acceptance of human differences populace will soon be your only voting populace!! Bathe old schoolers are dying off!!! Time tonget with the times, or risk your party vote!!

    Since when does religion and politics mix?!?!?!? Separation of state!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:51pm
  34. USA vs Canada game showed 2 american fans with rainbow colored gloves.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:51pm
  35. …I get the feeling that most of you commenting aren’t even actually reading the sign in the photo or the article.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:52pm
  36. *the old schoolers are dying off…

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:52pm
  37. I am glad businesses are putting it back to them!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:52pm
  38. now those stupid assholes get a dose of their own effin medicine.. lol

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:53pm
  39. Brilliant. Let’s include the “religious” ones as well.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:53pm
  40. Republicans violate the US Constitution’s 14th Amendment! Vote Democrat in AZ and Restore Common Sense in this backward Radical Christian Extremist State!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:53pm
  41. I’m refusing services based on my religious beliefs–I think that using religion to hate a certain group of people is shitty and I won’t help you in any way if you’re one of those people. That’s how I feel about religion.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:54pm
  42. I love that sign, awesome idea. Discrimination shouldn’t pay.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:54pm
  43. for them. We need more people who has businesses that will do this to all law maker’s in each and every state. I say that the law maker’s who voted for this legislation be voted out of office. They are bigot’s.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:54pm
  44. I love this! Come on Arizona show us your balls and follow suit!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:55pm
  45. Lol. Awesome

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:55pm
  46. That’s the problem, the legislators don’t realize the two way street they’ve created. This is going to backfire on them.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:57pm
  47. Don’t you dare say love they neighbor! You obviously don’t!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 5:58pm
  48. This is awesome! Good for them.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:00pm
  49. Would that mean it’s okay to refuse service to Christians because their philosophy offends me?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:03pm
  50. NICE!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:03pm
  51. Yay!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:04pm
  52. Brandon Paxton

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:06pm
  53. I wonder if they do delivery to Vermont? My kind of pizza place.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:08pm
  54. Tucson loves Rocco’s. This sign is one more reason why!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:08pm
  55. Too bad it does not name the business I would spend money there

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:10pm
  56. Peter, the company is Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzaria, 2707 E.Broadway, Tucson. I have sent them a thank you e-mail. though I don't live in AZ, I'm in England.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:35pm
  57. I don't live close by either but will try and in lude this info,when I repost thanks for,the info!

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:38pm
  58. Any business that wishes to refuse service through discrimination should be required to post a sign on their door, website, and facebook page, alerting people that shouldn’t enter to spare them the embarrassment of being turned away for wanting to spend money.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:10pm
  59. Isn't this business discriminating also?

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:22pm
  60. No, not at all. If they don't want certain customers, they should tell those people before they step into the store. It should go both ways, if you don't want to serve a certain group, it should be known.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:39pm
  61. The pizzeria is not discriminating, they are using what the new law allows. If they believe the lawmakers are bad and don't want to serve them they have every right not to.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:43pm
  62. I know quite a few businesses that refuse to allow legal CPL holders to enter which is their right to do so. Its also our right to boycott their business much like is suggested here.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:43pm
  63. “This bill is not about allowing discrimination,” Yarbrough said. “This bill is about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith.” Sorry, but offering money for something someone has to offer in return is NOT discrimination. Its called business.

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:45pm
  64. I want some pizza!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:12pm
  65. Lol…wow …take that Arizona.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:13pm
  66. Yay!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:13pm
  67. Lorie, I’m craving some pizza!! How bout you??

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:14pm
  68. Hate breed$ more hate…just $ayin’.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:14pm
  69. It’s amazing how much energy is being put into creating a field of hate in AZ. Aren’t there more pressing needs than to war over whether or not to refuse service just because one is “different” from you. smh @AZLeg
    In the end, those who “refuse service” because of religious beliefs are just cutting off their own nose, despite their face. Let’em go out of business.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:15pm
  70. Love this!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:16pm
  71. I like this!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:17pm
  72. Yes!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:17pm
  73. well then let’s give them the anita bryant treatment,,, Victory and defeat[edit]

    An anti-Bryant campaign button in support of a boycott of the Save Our Children campaign for which she served a spokesperson.
    On June 7, 1977, Bryant’s campaign led to a repeal of the anti-discrimination ordinance by a margin of 69 to 31 percent. However, the success of Bryant’s campaign galvanized her opponents and the gay community retaliated against her by organizing a boycott of orange juice.[11] Gay bars all over North America took screwdrivers off their drink menus and replaced them with the “Anita Bryant”, which was made with vodka and apple juice.[12] Sales and proceeds went to gay civil rights activists to help fund their fight against Bryant and her campaign.[12]

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:18pm
  74. Rock on! How utterly brilliant that was. :-) xx

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:30pm
  75. Religion needs to stay the hell out of any legislation..Period.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:20pm
  76. Good one. Include the governor and cabinet.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:22pm
  77. Just remember, in America votes are not counted anymore, dollars are still. Boycott businesses that will not post a sign of service for all. Spend your money where it counts in your favor. Spend it online and take taxes out of the legislators pockets. Boycott, boycott, boycott. I am with you.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:22pm
  78. That legislation is unbelievable! If it weren’t Arizona, I would think it is a spoof! Maybe the whole state should secede….

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:23pm
  79. Hell yeah!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:24pm
  80. Love it!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:25pm
  81. What ever happened to separation of religion and state? Also to the Christians….which I am one…..love thy neighbor.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:26pm
  82. Yes Sir!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:27pm
  83. i think we will see more laws put into place that has a base of hate! its sad but i think this country and the freedom people thought would be extended to all will be only fir a few. white and rich and heterosexual. im a white man im state but what the fuck? im sick to death that we r allowing religion to make state laws!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:30pm
  84. wow and thats considered equal right

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:30pm
  85. I think if gay people refused to pay school taxes for the straight peoples kids , we would see some action!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:30pm
  86. I reserve the right to not eat with haters.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:32pm
  87. this Ass holes really need to be replaced, even if its just by a monkey !

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:33pm
  88. The law is a gross waste of taxpayer money and will NEVER hold up in court (which case will waste even MORE taxpayer money)! So much for the party of fiscal responsibility!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:40pm
  89. I did not address the gross violation of human rights here ...

    Replied on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:41pm
  90. Max

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:41pm
  91. Just think if the Arizona legislators were a bunch of Muslims?

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:41pm
  92. Good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:42pm
  93. Awesome!

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:43pm
  94. This law will only lead to chaos in the workplace. I mean, anyone can refuse to serve someone for a deeply held religious belief huh? So Scientologists whom are nurses can refuse to administer, dispense, or sell psychiatric drugs? Where does it stop?I have a deeply held belief that people who wear shoes are evil.

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:48pm
  95. And they are probably cheap , bad shoes at that

    Posted on Friday, February 21, 2014 at 6:49pm