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Arizona Legislature Passes Bill to Allow Businesses to Deny Service to Homosexuals

Based on the business owners' religious beliefs

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Arizona's Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

The bill, which the state House of Representatives passed by a 33-27 vote Thursday, now goes to Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican and onetime small business owner who vetoed similar legislation last year but has expressed the right of business owners to deny service.

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  3. This is a heck of an interesting issue. If a business opens its doors to the public, like a restaurant, airline, bus terminal or hotel, can it pick and choose its customers? If it denies service, can it demand the wishful customer to leave? If the customer refuses, can the police be called? Should the police use force to remove the customer? When public lands, highways and airways used, I think the government can regulate. Also, the police and courts shouldn’t allow themselves to remove persons public accommodations on a selective basis. An example of this is that courts won’t enforce racial restrictions in plat covenants. On the other hand, the florist in WA state that refused to provide flowers for a gay wedding doesn’t sound like denial of a public accommodation to me. I hope there can be rational debate on this topic.

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