February 24th, 2014
08:49 PM ET

Arizona business owner defends "Religious Freedom" bill: It's not a gays vs. religion issue

Will businesses by allowed to deny service to gays - in the name of God?

Outrage is building over a controversial bill in Arizona that some say would allow businesses to deny services to gay customers based on religion.

The bill which is now sitting on Governor Jan Brewer's desk is bringing protesters out in force.

Arizona lawmakers pass controversial anti-gay bill

Protesters argue the bill is nothing but a license to discriminate.

The backlash is now being felt by those who first backed the legislation.

Three state senators who voted for the bill are now urging Brewer to veto it.

"We feel very badly that the state reputation has been tarnished by our vote and that's why we're asking the governor to veto this," Sen. Bob Worsley said.

"We want to correct something that we did that isn't good for the state especially when you look around and see the negative publicity from all over the world, it's been bad," Sen. Steve Pierce said.

So far Brewer's refusing to comment on the bill's fate and has made it clear she won't make a decision until she's back at her desk.

CNN's Miguel Marquez is OutFront with the story.

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Pat

    I don't think that owners of businesses who provide marriage-related services should be forced to participate in gay wedding ceremonies if they have religious objections to gay marriage, since a lot of the services provided require a lot of personal involvement. Businesses who choose not to participate would lose financially, and businesses who choose to participate would profit financially. I think tolerance has to work both ways – if people should be willing to accept gay marriage, they should also be willing to accept the fact that some people have religious objections to gay marriage.

    February 25, 2014 at 7:00 pm | Reply
  2. mark

    I think if its your business you should have a right to say who can come in and who can't plain and simple. If I don't want people of mexican decent in my place, or Chinese people its my choice. just as they should be able to say If I can go into theirs.

    February 24, 2014 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  3. linda

    Just know that most Arizonans are embarrassed by this bigoted move by the legislature.

    February 24, 2014 at 11:25 pm | Reply

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