Arizona’s Republican legislature decided it was high time that business owners were given the right to refuse customers based on their perceived sexual orientation. The state’s GOP governor, Jan Brewer, felt otherwise.
Senate Bill 1062 would have given each business owner in the state the right to refuse service to gays and lesbians on the grounds of providing them with “religious freedoms,” a.k.a. the ability to discriminate against the LGBT community, because apparently money coming from the wallet of a gay person isn’t good enough.
It probably has “the gay” on it or something.
Brewer vetoed the bill on Wednesday before ripping into her own party for their blatant attempt at discrimination. Needless to say, Brewer wasn’t the only one with some well-chosen words on the matter.
We can only imagine what this will look like:
It must be hilarious watching a few bigoted shop owners begrudgingly serving gay people in Arizona today.
— Chris Franjola (@ChrisFranjola) February 27, 2014
Rumor has it the NFL was looking to host Super Bowl XLIX in Arizona but quickly sought alternatives following the passing of the bill.
You know it’s bad when even the NFL tells you “whoa, easy on the anti-gay stuff”: http://t.co/qII4Xxq8WP — John Gruber (@gruber) February 27, 2014
We’re not sure Brewer’s veto will make a huge difference in the overall scheme of things.
Arizona governor denies discrimination bill, Arizona still home to millions of racist old white people. Progress! #thefloridaofthewest — Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft) February 27, 2014
But there’s hope!
I assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the State of Arizona. #SB1062
— Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) February 26, 2014
Even Mitt Romney and John McCain were against the bill.
I join Mitt Romney and John McCain in urging Arizona’s @GovBrewer to veto discriminatory gay bill
— John Baird (@HonJohnBaird) February 26, 2014
Along with many businesses who made their disapproval very public.
An Arizona pizzeria takes aim at a bill considered anti-gay. Neil Macdonald reports tonight. http://t.co/ErRHRagjTw pic.twitter.com/fqljl1lXx0 — The National (@CBCTheNational) February 26, 2014
A few questions still remain.
Why you wouldn’t want gay business is beyond me? So much dispensable income. Do U not know how much we spend just on brunch? #Arizona — Hortencia Diederich (@HortenciaDieder) February 28, 2014
Also, how would this even be enforced?!
Arizona governor also signs bill disabling statewide gaydar installation that would be required to aid merchants in denying gaystomers.
— Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) February 27, 2014
Apparently, Jesus is having a rough year already.
Baby Jesus is crying because businesses in Arizona can’t discriminate against gays. I hope you’re happy Jan Brewer.
— Top Conservative Cat (@TeaPartyCat) February 27, 2014
But now we know the answer to this last question is yes!
Arizona!! You ready to party tonight at #BANGERZTour?? Who’s going to the show?
— Miley Cyrus Tour (@MileyCyrusTour) February 27, 2014
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