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AZ-Gov. Brewer Could Sign Bill to Approve Religious Discrimination Against Gays

AZ-Gov. Brewer Could Sign Bill to Approve Religious Discrimination Against Gays

| On 26, Feb 2014

Jan Brewer governor Arizona SB 1062

(Photo by John Shinkle / POLITICO)

The state of Arizona is up to their outrageousness yet again.

The Arizona State Legislature passed Senate Bill (SB) 1062 last week. The legislation would allow restaurants and businesses to REFUSE service to people on the simple suspicion or confirmation that they are homosexual. The bill is supported by Christian conservatives and others arguing that it protects their religious freedom to hate others in the way Jesus did not.

The bill is not law just yet. There is one more step in the process. The state’s Governor Jan Brewer, a Republican, has to sign it into law by Friday in order for it to take effect. There’s ‘veto watch’ going on to see if Brewer will use her common sense and block the bill that would allow people to openly single out others for being gay.

Then again, this is Arizona and Brewer’s hands are still muddy from the passage of SB1070 in 2010. The law made it a crime to be in the state as an illegal resident. Thankfully, federal officials swooped in to dismantle much of the law for having too much overreach.

I’m shocked that we are in 2014 seriously considering a law that would say it’s ok to refuse service to someone based on their perceived sexual orientation.

And, let’s discuss the fact that Gov. Brewer had to even think for a millisecond about whether or not to veto the bill. I am judging her for that act alone. It should be clear that discrimination against ANY group of people is wrong on face value. What happened to equal protection under the law? Religion is a choice for many. To me, this could provide a slippery slope for more people to practice discrimination and blame it on their religion.

Of course with Brewer’s decision pending so soon, I look forward to providing an update that either celebrates her rational thinking or roasts her to the lowest point of hell.

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