By Marie Fernandes |Staff Writer|
Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona., vetoed a bill on Feb. 26 that would have discriminated against the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and LGBT.
The Senate Bill 1062 has been a hot topic for debate due to the key phrases used in the bill “because of religious beliefs.”
Gov. Brewer said, “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems. The bill could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.”
Initially I did not think the bill would have infringed on people’s rights as businesses reserve the right to refuse service to anyone.
However with a better understanding now I think it would be infringing on people’s rights if it had been adopted.
People should not be justifying discrimination because of their religion.
I believe that the major flaw in this bill was the fact that the creators wanted the bill to give store owners the right to refuse service to the homosexual community based on their specific religious beliefs.
It is my understanding that in America, the church and state are meant to be separate entities.
This is exactly why I was confused when I first read the bill.
“Arizona seems to always have a new way to attempt to discriminate against people, first they wanted to discriminate against immigrants and now they want to discriminate against the gay and lesbian community, who knows what’s next on their list,” said student Donna Ram.
The reputation of Arizona once again shows attempts of discrimination against a specific group of people.
Many people are outraged that a bill like this would even be proposed in this new era of change going on nationwide.
“Sure there are signs in stores that say they can refuse service to anyone, but I did not know that people try to use that sign to discriminate against people who live their lives a certain way,” said student Alejandro Hernandez.
America has already been through phases of discrimination when it came to race so I do not see the point in reliving that dark time by discriminating against people based on how they want to live their life.
What makes it even worse is that people are trying to justify this bill by saying that this is what their religion tells them to do.
Don’t use religion as a crutch.
There was a lot of opposition in regards to this bill from entities such as Delta Air Lines, the Super Bowl host committee and Major League Baseball.
It is clear that the majority of the public feel as though it would have been unconstitutional if Senate Bill 1062 had been passed.
I believe that if the phrase “religious beliefs” was left out of the bill it may have had more of a chance of getting passed.