Lawmakers in the Arizona Senate this week passed a “religious freedom” bill that would essentially create a loophole for discriminating against LGBT people.
The bill would keep the state from being able to take action against any individual or business that discriminated against LGBT people for religious reasons. A companion bill is expected to pass in the House. Arizona currently does not extend anti-discrimination protections to LGBT people.
“SB 1062 permits discrimination under the guise of religious freedom,” Senate Democratic Leader Anna Tovar said in a statement. “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. This bill may also open the door to discriminate based on race, familial status, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability.”
Republican Sen. Steve Yarbrough, a sponsor of the bill in the Senate, said he aims to protect religious freedoms and has cited a recent case in New Mexico, where the state supreme court held that a same-sex couple should be allowed to sue a photographer under the state’s public accommodation law for refusing to photograph their wedding. That defendant in that case has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their First Amendment claims.
This is so unnecessary and it makes me so angry.
LIKE WTF ARIZONA. I CANNOT. Get me out of here.