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Arizona House Passes Religious Freedom Pro-Discrimination Bill By Wide Margin

by David Badash on May 16, 2013

in Discrimination,News,Politics,Religion

The Arizona House yesterday passed a bill that would allow anyone to discriminate against anyone for any reason, especially on the grounds of religious liberty. The bill, designed to allow private businesses the legal right to discriminate against LGBT people by citing their personal religious objections to homosexuality, overrules Arizona’s current anti-discrimination statutes. The bill, whose chief sponsor is Rep. Steve Yarbrough (image, above,) passed the House by a 32-24 vote, and has been transmitted to the Arizona Senate. All House Democrats voted against the bill.

The bill could be considered the religious liberties version of a “stand your ground” law, allowing an automatic “out” to defend anyone’s “practice or observance of religion.” In other words, it would give Arizona residents and businesses the right to refuse service to anyone for any reason, including because they are LGBT.

Not only does the bill allow lawsuits for real or perceived violations of the law, but it “would allow people to sue over potential violations of religious liberty,” as the AP reported today:

Civil liberties groups say the bill would be a nightmare for businesses because it could prompt a wave of lawsuits over alleged First Amendment violations.

Arizona Central notes “opponents say the bill could protect people who discriminate.”

“It’s giving business owners sort of the go-ahead to choose not to provide services for the LGBT community,” said Seráh Blain, executive director of the Secular Coalition for Arizona.

Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix, opposed the bill. He said during the House debate that small businesses could face the brunt of additional litigation if individuals use SB 1178 to sue them for following a state law someone believes conflicts with their religion. “Litigation could now be directed at the private sector even though the private sector is acting in good faith with a law they should be following,” he said.

Opponents of the ordinance, including the Center for Arizona Policy, have alleged it could lead to individuals using gender identity as a “ruse” to gain access to opposite-sex bathrooms and requiring businesses to let it happen.

“My organization is particularly concerned about any kind of legislation that allows the religious beliefs of people in power to marginalize vulnerable groups of people,” Blain said. “We are concerned about the transgender community, LGBT individuals, women, anyone who is vulnerable to discrimination.”

She said she believes it gives business owners the go-ahead to ignore laws and rules requiring equal services for minorities. “This seems very akin to the ways in which states tried to avoid desegregation,” she said.

The bio of Rep. Steve Yarbrough, the bill’s chief sponsor, notes:

Since 1998 he has been the Executive Director of the Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization which has provided scholarships to thousands of Arizona students to attend the school of their parent’s choice.

Sen. Yarbrough leads a bipartisan group of legislators and citizen group leaders known as the Arizona Values Action Team which supports public policy that is pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, pro-school choice and pro-religious liberty.

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{ 18 comments }

powers1525 May 16, 2013 at 7:26 pm

So when a muslim business owner refuses service to a xtian or jew that will be Ok with him? And please don't call him pro religious liberty because that's not the same as pro his religion and nobody else's.

gcundiff May 16, 2013 at 7:37 pm

Is there any chance we can just give Arizona back to Mexico?

Serenifly May 16, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Why would they want such a fucked up place full of insane people back?

sallystrange May 17, 2013 at 2:37 pm

What do you have against Mexico?

gcundiff May 17, 2013 at 3:07 pm

You have a good point. I like Mexico and that would be a pretty cruel thing to do.

thomasoutt May 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm

We have done enough harm to Mexico over the past 200 years, but I can understand your frustration.

TomTallis May 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Good. It's against MY religion to provide services to conservative Christians and Mormons. Where do I sign up?

Siddigfan May 16, 2013 at 9:02 pm

Does this now mean that Arizonans will be able to discriminate against blacks or interracial couples or people of mixed race because their religion doesn't approve of blacks or of mixing of the races?

thomasoutt May 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm

That would be the long-term implication of such lunacy!

SeanLiberty13 May 16, 2013 at 9:05 pm

So then I can sue a "Christian" business owner for violating my religious freedom to go against their religion while attempting to purchase their products or services and they choose deny me service. Denying me service is a violation of MY religious freedom.

xopher425 May 16, 2013 at 10:38 pm

Pure evil. So much for freedom of religion (as long as it's their religion, it's okay.)

castlerockbear May 17, 2013 at 8:56 am

Another way to muck up the courts! Steve Yarbrough is the personification of insanity! I hope this bill NEVER finds it's way to Jan-insanity's desk! This Shrew signs anything hateful!!

barbonine May 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

They opened the door on this one folks. Time to discriminate against those bible thumping bigots HARD! Then make popcorn and listen to them cry about how persecuted they all are.

Oh, boo hoo, call a Whaaaambulance.

lilyqueen May 17, 2013 at 4:26 pm

Arizona: rapidly winning the competition to be the worst state in the union. (It's starting to look a lot more like certain other countries.)

Despite the Grand Canyon and the great food in Flagstaff, my next roadtrip will not involve any stops in Arizona if I can help it. My tourist dollars will not support this kind of anti-American behavior.

radsenior May 17, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Look at South Carolina's recent return to office an admitted adulterer, Mark Sanford. Arizona is following the same playact unless the people get their act together. Will you vote or will you give your vote to another who may not vote the way you would vote? Toxic talking heads of the right like Beck, Savage and Limbaugh cultivate the hate and bigotry with hate-mongering words especially to incite right-winged voters. TEA-types will come in force to vote their candidates into office in the next cycles. It is very important to get out and vote and get out the vote! The "concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people and the concentration of power in stricter, less compassionate hands," still holds true today more than ever! The 2014 Mid-term is a-coming! As is 2016, and 2018!

allnightjohnson May 19, 2013 at 11:47 am

That, my friend, was wacky. Imagine, roadsides lined with particle board signs with crudely spray painted slogans like: "Sanford Saves $", "Stop Nancy Pelosi", ect.. He debated a cardboard of Nancy Pelosi in front of the press. He introduced his children to his Argentine mistress in front of news cameras.
But compared to what was going on in Columbia at the State House, Sanford was an embarrassing clown cartoon at best. They were debating a bill that would make it a crime for any state or federal employee to try and enforce the ACA in South Carolina, as it pertains to insurance companies and employers.
What is worse, both Gingrich and Bachmann have expressed interest in moving here to eventually run for office. I could not agree with anything any stronger that your statement
"It is very important to get out and vote and get out the vote! The "concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people and the concentration of power in stricter, less compassionate hands," still holds true today more than ever! The 2014 Mid-term is a-coming! As is 2016, and 2018!"

radsenior May 19, 2013 at 1:12 pm

Thank you for your kind words. "It IS very important to get out and vote and get out the vote! The "concentration of wealth in the hands of fewer and fewer people and the concentration of power in stricter, less compassionate hands," still holds true today more than ever! The 2014 Mid-term is a-coming! As is 2016, and 2018!" South Carolina is a pretty state and the people are exceptionally nice, but too many still hold on to old concepts and do not want to change. What is sad is the votes he received and from who.

rickmi May 18, 2013 at 12:59 am

From the same people who wanted to keep President Obama off the ballot in 2008. "Anyone for any reason" — right!

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