And if that wasn’t bad enough, the author claims the Arizona GOP is “nostalgic for Jim Crow laws.”
Via USA Today:
The United States has long been a unique melting pot for the world because we have enshrined in our laws the principle of equality for all, regardless of race, religion, gender or culture.
True, we have been slow to stamp out discrimination against women, blacks, Jews, native Americans and, now, same-sex couples. But we have always wound up in the right place.
So anyone who cherishes our pluralistic society should be outraged that Arizona’s Legislature has passed a bill that would grant businesses the right to cite religious beliefs as a justification for refusing to serve same-sex couples. These intolerant lawmakers must be nostalgic for Jim Crow laws.
I’m curious how a business would even know which customers are gay. Would you have to sign a statement that you are heterosexual as a condition to being served? If two women are holding hands, does that make them a same-sex couple, or are they just sisters? If two men kiss in a store, are they gay or…maybe, just French? [...]
The Greater Phoenix Economic Council has urged Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the measure because a boycott by defenders of gay rights could harm the economy. To me, the argument falls far short. It is reminiscent of German businesses that fretted about the loss of Jews’ purchasing power during the Nazi’s reign.