PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature passed a measure on Thursday that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal “state-sanctioned discrimination” and an embarrassment.
The 33-to-27 vote by the House sent the legislation to Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican.
Governor Brewer does not comment on pending legislation, but she vetoed a similar measure last year. That action, however, came during an unrelated political standoff, and it was not clear whether she would support this plan.
Let the lawsuits begin.
It’s been at least fifteen years since I was last in Arizona, and this pretty much insures that I won’t be going back there as long as this law is on the books. It’s not a boycott; rather, it’s my Quakerly view that I do not wish to offend or embarrass the people of that state by putting them in the position of having to tolerate someone they clearly do not want among them. I can take a hint.