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Look: Hundreds Protest In Arizona Against License To Discriminate Against Gays Bill

by David Badash on February 21, 2014

in Civil Rights,Discrimination,News,Politics,Religion

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Right now, there are hundreds of people rallying at the state capitol in Arizona in protest of SB 1062, the anti-gay legislation awaiting Gov. Jan Brewer‘s signature — or veto. The bill, which passed both the Arizona Senate and House this week, allows anyone to discriminate against anyone else, if they claim they are doing so based upon their deeply held religious beliefs.

Several Democratic mayors along with three Republican gubernatorial candidates have come out against Governor Brewer signing SB 1062 into law. The Governor said she would consider the merits of the “very controversial” bill and decide by next Friday. Technically, however, some say she has only until mid-week to sign or veto, or the bill automatically become law.

Protestors are gathering not only at the state capitol, but in other cities, including Yuma and Tucson, the site of Rocco’s, a now-famous pizza restaurant that today posted a sign on their front door stating, “we reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators.”

Below, a dozen photos from Phoenix, but first, here are two from Tucson, where the protest reportedly stretched “about a block.”

Image, top, by Kyle Burke via Instagram

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Nomadic_view February 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm

Thanks Arizona!!

xenubarb February 22, 2014 at 12:24 pm

We can take away the 2015 Superbowl if we try. Prescott, AZ? Kiss all that lovely NFL revenue g'bye if Brewer, that human piece of jerked buzzard, signs this bill.

The NFL has gay players now, so they've an image of acceptance to uphold, so Arizona should be dropped from the list of Superbowl cities.

What a shame…when San Diego held it, the airport was jammed with private jets. Big money parties at Superbowls. Sucks to be Arizona when they're locked out of the gravy train.

dkessler4 February 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

Steven Yarborough is the Arizona senator who introduced SB 1062. He is a republican who is up for reelection this year. Rep. Steve Yarbrough, Dist. 17, is the primary author of the SB 1062. Reps. Nancy Barto, Dist. 15, up for election 2014, and Bob Worsley, Dist. 25, up for election 2014, both co-sponsored the bill. Please place a note on your calendar to donate to their opposing candidates before the November elections. Help us to remove intolerance from the Arizona legislature. We can take out the bullys when we all work together.

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