In America the freedom of religion is pretty much the whole reason we have this nation and it's the first facet of liberty addressed in the first Amendment. If it were up to me and I were writing a bill such as this for Arizona that's where I'd start. The bill would be short and to the point. Something along the lines of "The right to freely exercise ones religious beliefs is a fundamental right of the citizens of this nation and of this State. No individual or entity conducting lawful business in the state shall be compelled to provide services, accept an engagement or otherwise accommodate a customer who has not paid for said service if doing so violates the owners conscience or religious belief."
(I do not remember the exact verbiage but it went something like this.)
"It's a doubled-edged sword. What if a gay/lesbian print shop got an order from Westboro Baptist to print up "God Hates Fags," placards? Should the law mandate that they have to do it?"
It's GREAT to be me. --- "45% liberal/55% conservative"
Diplomacy is the art of saying 'nice doggy" until you can find a gun.
Yes a right that stops when it invades the rights of others.You can bet your butt that religious freedom is a right.
Public businesses are not the same as you home.Discromination is very much a right, especially on private property.
As a life long Arizonan, I am very happy it is vetoed. However, I am not happy at the nutjobs we have in our legislature that swallow all the BS bills that ALEC and the talibornagains that the Center for Arizona Policy try get them to pass. Hopefully the spotlight is on these theocratic ninnies now, and we can move forward and "de-kookify" our legislature.
Ich habe schon Pferde vor der Apotheke kotzen sehen.