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Arizona Governor Vetoe’s Bill That Would Have Allowed Discrimination Based on Religious Freedom

Written by Brett Reckamp on February 26, 2014
JAN BREWER

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a Republican bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. The proposed legislation subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties and set off a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.

Oregon United for Marriage Campaign Manger Mike Marshall applauded the decision saying:

“Like Arizona, Oregon is facing a discrimination initiative that would allow businesses to deny commercial services to people because of who they are and who they love. Treating people differently based on who they are is discrimination.”

“At a moment when Oregonians should be celebrating the imminent end of discrimination against loving, committed couples, we’re gearing up to fight this effort to write discrimination back into our laws. This hurtful measure weakens our current anti-discrimination laws so that corporations and commercial businesses can discriminate against gay and lesbian couples by denying them services on their wedding day. Freedom means freedom for everyone, and it is wrong to treat people differently because of who they are and who they love.”

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7 replies to “Arizona Governor Vetoe’s Bill That Would Have Allowed Discrimination Based on Religious Freedom

  1. Donna Walter

    I heard her announcement just a few minutes after she shared her decision. She spent the day consulting with business and religious leaders, and she said it was not a hasty decision. Three of the Republican lawmakers who authored the bill later changed their minds, and AZ’s McCain and Flake also thought the bill was not worded well. Even though I am a conservative, I believe this was not the law to endorse religious freedom. We have to be careful how we word things….the perception matters a great deal, and this bill was perceived to be discrimanatory against gays.

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  2. J

    Since when is it discrimination to have the right to refuse service? If it is against your religion to serve someone then why would that person want your service anyway, unless they were the ones that are discriminating. Would you in your right mind want the services of someone that did not or could not for beliefs want to serve you? Best you will get is lousy serve and inferior product. Kind of like a pizza worker spitting in your pizza because they don’t like you. Just stop your discrimination against a place that doesn’t want you and go where they do….you do have the right to get service anywhere you wish.

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  3. greg

    Well, now we can throw out the signs that say-”No Shoes, No Shirts, No Service”?
    I can refuse to serve anyone I want! It is my right, and anybody elses right to take business on or refuse it..! If they are gay, straight, druggies, flakes, bad attitudes, people “I” don’t like I wont deal with… just do the don’t ask, don’t tell ! Same with my rentals.. I’ll rent to whoever “I” want .. if you are smart.. don’t tell me you are a druggie, or you smoke, or you are homo!
    Leave it out of the equation! Goverment and the Homo Community are force feeding this
    “Excuse the Pun” Down Our Throats!! Lib-tards back off!! I feel better now venting.. Oh, if I hear one more news cast about the GAY Basketball player in Portland tonight… just give the Guy Sam Adams phone number and leave it out of the news “PLEASE”
    I FEEL BETTER NOW…

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  4. Patrick

    I pity th good people of America, for their leaders have sold themselves, both body and soul to the devil ” and now is the time for the Great distruction.

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  5. willowspring

    “Like Arizona, Oregon is facing a discrimination initiative that would allow businesses to deny commercial services to people because of who they are and who they love. Treating people differently based on who they are is discrimination.” That quote is a leading comment. I am not going to address that. I am going to speak on the real issue and that is that business owners should have the right to refuse service for a ceremony that is against their faith life. Those businesses serve those same persons day in and day out, but not for SSM. Baking a wedding cake for SSM makes them feel complicit. What ever happened to the RIGHT to serve or not? So it is NOT about who they are or who they love. That misdirects the issue. It is about a condoning by their participation of the act of SSM which is against Biblical Christian beliefs.

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