The Arizona Legislature passed a bill protecting the right of merchants who object, on religious grounds, to be forced to participate in activities they find morally objectionable; like providing cakes or flowers to gay weddings.
The Arizona bill, which is headed to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk for her signature, would allow people who object to same-sex marriage to use their religious beliefs as a defense in a discrimination lawsuit.
Similar legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, according to The Associated Press, while other efforts are stalled in Idaho, Ohio and Kansas.
Predictably, gay left groups are hissy-fitting and spinning this as a H8 Law.
“With the express consent of Republicans in this Legislature, many Arizonans will find themselves members of a separate and unequal class under this law because of their sexual orientation.”
Yeah, because they might have to go to a different baker for a wedding cake. Oh, the horror.
These are the same people who used to claim gay marriage wouldn’t affect anyone but the gays who wanted to get married.
A person should not have to forfeit his Constitutional Rights just because he opens a business.