George Takei on Arizona’s pro-bigotry law

Congratulations. You are now the first state actually to pass a bill permitting businesses–even those open to the public–to refuse to provide service to LGBT people based on an individual’s “sincerely held religious belief.” This “turn away the gay” bill enshrines discrimination into the law. Your taxi drivers can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants can refuse to serve us.

Kansas tried to pass a similar law, but had the good sense to not let it come up for a vote. The quashing came only after the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and other traditional conservative groups came out strongly against the bill.

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2 thoughts on “George Takei on Arizona’s pro-bigotry law

  1. To be honest the bill is still on the governors desk, and they tried to pass a similar bill last year and she vetoed it; so I’ll assume she will do the same again. Here in Phoenix area there is a big uproar about it so I do not think she will. Opinion of the people is still heard. Too bad though that it even got this far, these lawmakers are thugs and should all be fired for even thinking such a thing. Most of the employees here at Nationwide in Phoenix think this law is just plain stupid and a reversion to racism pure and simple. We took up a petition as well as told people to call their senators and congressional leaders to retract this stupid law. Many of these idiots are backtracking now that the public at large is so upset.

  2. Arizona may lose the superbowl over this, too.
    They lost it twenty years ago when the legislature decided not to recognize MLK Day.
    The NFL on the cutting edge of equality and social change! I guess it’s not that surprising when the cause is racial, but now defending the rights of gay people… more surprising. (How much credit does Michael Sam get?)

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