The bill would allow businesses to refuse service for religious reasons, effectively giving them a “license to discriminate.” Yarborough has said that he introduced the bill because a “modest clarification” was needed in Arizona’s religious freedom law.
Yarborough acknowledged to reporter Howard Fischer that the bill’s impact could reach as widely as hotels refusing rooms to LGBT people, or individuals discriminating against unmarried women, or refusing employment to individuals with different beliefs. He claims that, just like the current pharmacy law in place, which allows pharmacists to decline service based on religious preferences (such as refusing to sell birth control), as long as individuals could find what they need elsewhere it should not pose a problem.
Got that? As long as you have separate but equal facilities elsewhere, discrimination should not be a problem. Are we seriously having this argument in this country all over again?