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1 Eclectic Cyborg  Sun, Feb 23, 2014 3:02:22pm

It’s this kind of stuff that really makes us look bad as a nation.

2 aagcobb  Sun, Feb 23, 2014 4:21:40pm
I’m no constitutional scholar, but I believe she’s wrong about the legality of discrimination by a business.

Discrimination by private businesses is only illegal if engaged in against a suspect classification identified in a statute. The state of Arizona probably doesn’t include “sexual orientation” in its anti-discrimination statute, and neither does federal law. There may be some local ordinances which include orientation, however.

3 kirkspencer  Sun, Feb 23, 2014 5:03:21pm

re: #2 aagcobb

Discrimination by private businesses is only illegal if engaged in against a suspect classification identified in a statute. The state of Arizona probably doesn’t include “sexual orientation” in its anti-discrimination statute, and neither does federal law. There may be some local ordinances which include orientation, however.

True, and I can give a specific example.

When I was a young married lieutenant we went looking for places to live near Ft. Riley. We found a great place, passed the credit check, turned in the paperwork. The manager on duty said, “Oh, you’re army. I’m sorry, I can’t rent you an apartment. We’re only allowed to rent a certain number of units to military.”

Now there are a couple of nominally good reasons for this. For one, it sucks if your entire complex empties because the unit deployed. For another, young military tend to be, well, rambunctious and property-damaging.

But it hurt and there wasn’t jack I could do about it. And the fact that I have some inkling of what it’s like for various groups that see it all the time doesn’t make it any better.

4 nines09  Sun, Feb 23, 2014 5:47:41pm

So what happens when a Muslim store owner refuses to serve a “Christian” because he offended/offends him? Please let it happen tomorrow.
Stupid, small, petty, vile, ignorant, and bigoted.

5 BusyMonster  Mon, Feb 24, 2014 4:27:59am

Stay classy, Republicans. Always focused on what’s best for everyone eh?

6 Pie-onist Overlord  Mon, Feb 24, 2014 4:30:39am

Reading shit like this makes me want to open a bakery just so that I can bake cakes and pies for gay weddings.

All the cakes and pies would be kosher and halal, and probably vegan too.

7 aagcobb  Mon, Feb 24, 2014 5:37:19am

A wingnut told me the sekrit plan; opponents of same-sex marriage will retaliate against gays by giving gay-owned bakeries and caterers their business for their events! That will show them! I told her that giving people money is a strange way to punish them.


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