George Takei Threatens Arizona With a Boycott
Actor and LGBT activist George Takei has written a scathing open letter to the state of Arizona over the passage of SB1062 - what he has named the “turn away the gays” bill. It speaks for itself:
Congratulations. You are now the first state actually to pass a bill permitting businesses-even those open to the public-to refuse to provide service to LGBT people based on an individual’s “sincerely held religious belief.” This “turn away the gay” bill enshrines discrimination into the law. Your taxi drivers can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants can refuse to serve us.
Kansas tried to pass a similar law, but had the good sense to not let it come up for a vote. The quashing came only after the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and other traditional conservative groups came out strongly against the bill.