AZ: No Shoes, No Shirt, Gay, No Service. No Way? Way.


February 22, 2014 by gregrabidoux2013

Governor Brewer

Do you mean to tell me that gays somehow penetrated our border patrols?

Late Thursday the Arizona State Senate rolled up their collective sleeves, took a brief time out from its notorious crackdown on immigrants (remember SB 1070?) and tackled the real issue facing Arizonians. That’s right, apparently, many business owners who are also “deeply religious” like their Governor, are also sick and tired of having to sell food, drink, clothing, cars, shoes, fine china, and anything wicker from the Pottery Barn to any Arizonian who dares to carry his or her six-shooter on the wrong side of their belt. In Arizonian parlance that means gay, pardner.

sheriff jw pepper

I’ve got my gaydar gun on, watch it.

That’s right, (so to speak), as Arizona prepares to showcase its sunny, yet clearly at times, cold, state to the world in hosting this year’s Super Bowl, there are many pressing issues to resolve. And, praising the Lord and passing SB 1062, is on the top of their “Super Bowl To-Do” shortlist.

What next, banning the possession of Richard Simmons’ “Sweating to the Oldies” videos within state borders?

richard simmons

Okay AZ, but some state is gonna sell me my lavish workout wear…

But lest we rush to judgment, let’s recall that the next step in this populist gem of a bill is to shimmy its way to the AZ Governor’s mansion. There, incumbent Republican Governor Jan Brewer, herself, a “deeply religious, deeply conservative, former business owner” must decide either to sign the “I don’t serve Gays” bill into law or veto it back from the fiery depths from which it was conceived.

What will she do?

Well, she may draw inspiration from one of Arizona’s most colorful and controversial politicians, former US Senator and presidential candidate, Barry “In your heart, you know he’s Right” Goldwater. He was fond of saying “Extremism in defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue.”

barry goldwater

Not sure I can list all the folks I’d like to not have to do business with in any state

And, apparently, Arizona is determined to add “Gay” to the shortlist (No, Shoes, No Shirt) of reasons that businesses across its fine state can refuse to take the money from those that um, don’t shoot straight, for goods and services.

But why this bill, and why now?

Ms. Cathi Herrod, head of the Center for Arizona Policy, one of the chief architects of this bill, believes that Americans must be free to “live and work according to their religious faith.” And one of the more outspoken legislative supporters for this piece of Americana, AZ State Representative John Allen (R-Scottsdale) argues that “The world is on its ear” (I suppose he could have said its back), and that Americans must be able to reflect their religious faith in their business.

Well, striking just the right balance between religious freedom and political policy is always a messy and frequently, inexact science. And who among us of religious faith hasn’t at some point felt that the “balance” in some way, shape or form was out of whack? And that “we” were on the short end of the “Separation of Church and State” stick?

On the other hand, setting aside one’s sexual orientation and ability to order a fabulous Frappuccino or not, wouldn’t this bill send an incredibly chilling message to any of us, gay or straight?

“I hear you might prefer half and half cream in your coffee, you warped fiend…find somewhere else to buy your AAA batteries, friend. Your kind is not welcome here.” Or, “You strike me as a Miley Cyrus fan, get out now before I get my Barry Goldwater Model Assault rifle.” Or, how about, “My religion disapproves of marriage out of wedlock, go buy your illegitimate baby formula somewhere else.”

AZ welcome sign

The fine print here may soon say “Any friend of Ellen DGeneres turn back now”

But, maybe it will never get that far. Maybe, the AZ State Legislature will feel satisfied that they have done right to all Arizonians of faith and not be tempted to identify more “types” of Americans not worthy of engaging in commerce within their state that businesses can choose to discriminate against.

Me, I have my doubts.

Mr. Goldwater, any thoughts that could help Governor Brewer in her upcoming decision?

“You don’t have to be straight to fight and die for your country,” said Barry G., “You just need to be able to shoot straight.”

Just make sure you buy your gun and ammo in California. I hear they are more welcoming to folks like you.



15 thoughts on “AZ: No Shoes, No Shirt, Gay, No Service. No Way? Way.

  1. Taranesha says:

    This information sickens me, for good reason too.The fact that Arizona is taking it “old school” and trying to deny people the right to purchase things is appalling. If we’re going to allow this, why did we fight in the civil war? Why did thousands of people lose their lives in a war that was fought essentially for “economic freedom”? (Remember the South wanted to keep slaves as part of their agriculture system.) If this extremity is allowed, we might as well go back to when service was denied to African Americans at “white” businesses. Where people of color weren’t allowed to sit, eat, or drink from anything that was “white” owned. I hope the governor of Arizona doesn’t pass this bill. Although I am not a strong “gay rights” promoter, I do believe in equal rights for everyone.The same money that a homosexual person uses is the same money that a straight person uses. On another note, my business sense doesn’t tell me that this is a good idea for small business owners. Your most loyal customers may be “undercover”, and the small businesses will wonder what happened to that guy they used to speak to every Thursday at ten a.m who ordered the medium caramel latte with no whipped cream add a cherry. Hmm. How will they feel then?

  2. Justin L says:

    Honestly, bills like this are simply a joke. I for one do not particularly agree with gay-marriage or anything of the sort, but attempting to pass a law to pick and choose where people can shop? Come on now. This is more than likely a small group of individuals, born and raised off the Bible, who see gay marriage as morally wrong, thus they are trying to prevent those people from going to their businesses. However, what these people don’t understand is the clear divide between church and state. Especially now-a-days in this country, gay-marriage and equal rights among men and women are becoming increasingly popular. I’m sure in the next 5-10 years we will see most, if not all, states pass laws which approve of such things. There’s always going to be people who disagree with what someone believes, loves, or wants to do with their life, but this is why we live in the United States of America. You can believe what you want, shop where you want, and be who you want to be. I am a firm believer of all three of those things, as long as you remain a loyal citizen to our country, and follow the laws which are set in place by our local, state, and federal government. That being said, this bill should not be passed, and if it is, expect an uproar about Arizona in the next few weeks.

  3. Chris Henderson says:

    I believe that even though the people are gay they still have rights as well. This would be discrimination and wouldn’t look well for the state of Arizona. The gay community are starting to become prevalent in many states and you can’t deny these citizens their rights just because of their sexuality.

  4. Takym V. says:

    Not allowing people to enter certain businesses in Arizona because they are gay and to basically discriminate against them is sickening. Reason is that it is uncivilized to exclude people from entering somewhere base on their interest can cause alot of business to lose many customers because of the numerous people who believe in gay rights and are gay.

  5. Shantel W says:

    I think that approving this whole thing about openly not serving gays will definitely ruin Arizona’s image. There’s no way that most people will want to associate with them considering that many people in America are either gay or supportive of gay rights. I believe that approving this will not only cause more problems within that state but enrage people around the country.

  6. Jameeka M says:

    I think this bill is stupid because they are trying to make it seem like gay people should not have American rights. The state of Arizona is treating gays like they are aliens and not humans. They are citizens just like everyone else and I know if this bill get pass it’s going to cause a lot of commotion. If this bill get passed its also going to affect Arizona economy a lot of businesses are going to lose customers and they are going to lose a lot of tourist also.

  7. Amber G says:

    Wow! This article really puts me in a state of shock! How can you simply discriminate someone over their title of being “Gay”? You can’t! That should not effect someone from something as receiving service from a certain store. If that is what the individual is referred to as an ‘Gay” individual, that should not limit there rights. Point Blank!

  8. Karen W says:

    I believe the true issue is the right to not have your rights violated. It seems simple- if I tell you I have certain beliefs that conflict with a service you are asking of me, go where your beliefs can be supported. You don’t have the right to force your beliefs on me. But in the case of a passive exchange of goods, of what concern are your personal beliefs, just treat my establishment respectfully – regardless of your race, age, religious beliefs, gender or sexual preference(s). If you are Christian that’s fine, just don’t start shouting and singing in the movie theater AND refuse to stop or leave when addressed. If you love your husband or wife, Great! Just don’t commence foreplay in my restaurant. Whether you have a preference for the opposite or same sex, if we share a locker room; we ALL need to shower and get dressed in privacy! Heck the team owners can afford to make the locker room a neutral place. Not even everyone with a preference for the opposite sex likes to be seen naked in the first place. In fact it was the one thing I hated and refused to do when playing sports in high school.

  9. Daphney Y says:

    Just the thought of this makes me furious! As we all know, laws are generally made vauge with loopholes. Under this bill people could argue that anyone is not welcomed because of their religious beliefs. It won’t just stop with gays; instead, it will branch out to divorced parents, single mothers, interracial couples, interracial children, and anything else those hypocritical extremeists could think of. As a product of an interracial relationship, this is very upsetting to hear that in Arizona I honestly could be denied service based on how I look and who I come from. It’s like they just took a time machine right back into the 60’s. As a real member of the Christian faith, their judgemental views does not make them a missionary for Christ. It taints his name, and makes the entire religion look bad because the whole idea of Christianity is to be the exmaple that the non-believers should follow. I have just one question for those buisness owners, “Would Jesus refuse to serve a gay man?”

  10. Wade M says:

    I feel that this bill in Arizona is totally ridiculous on several fronts. First of all, from a business standpoint, you serve everyone regardless of the obvious including sexual orientation if for no other reason, you are there to generate revenue. On a moral front, you should not refuse to serve someone because they are homosexual and how would a business know unless the information was volunteered by the patron.

    This is certainly taking several steps backward. It would be like repealing the Civil Rights Act after all these years. The first time that I heard about this on the news, I was in disbelief and appalled.

  11. Candace S says:

    Interesting and completely ridiculous. Are they going to have gay individuals walk around with a card detailing their sexual orientation? They work and pay taxes like everyone else and should be able to spend their money when and where they chose. This can have a negative outcome on businesses and their revenue. This bill will be negating the rights of these individuals. I personally dont see the purpose or justification for this bill. Do they not have anything better to do?

  12. Casey Holcom says:

    The fact that we even have to debate equal rights in 2014 saddens me greatly.

  13. tarac says:

    I will always be a supporter of equal rights to EVERYONE. My parents and grandparents always instilled in me that no matter what I believe, everyone is equal and never treat anyone like they are different. If you took one look at my family, you would see a meeting of the United Nations. Yes, if it were still illegal for interracial marriages many of my family members would be arrested. The best thing is that some people do not think gays should be married, however, it is quite alright for me to marry my first cousin. Hmmmm, yeah nothing wrong with that. Come on people seriously. So many people in America treat gays still like they did in the early 80’s, like they have a plague and if you get close to them you will catch it. Ok, so that was my little rant.
    Now, I have seen the denial of business first hand, since I do have such a vast array of family, my sister is gay and when her and yes my sister-in-law (even though not legally married because in the state of Georgia it is still illegal) were going to have pictures taken, there were a few people they called to ask that did say they had a moral issue with it and would not take pictures for them. My sister knew not everyone thought it morally correct that is why she called ahead of time, which she should not have had to do in the first place I mean we do live in the “Home of the Free” (for the selected ones). So, my question is, if this ridiculous bill is passed, every time you walk into a business you have to start by saying “oh don’t worry I’m not gay” or have a badge on of what religion you are? Is this kind of like the military’s old “don’t ask don’t tell” type of thing??? This reminds me of Jewish people in WWII. Wear that badge across your arm. Personally, if a business was this discriminating they do not get my business either. So, if I am not a Christian I can’t go to Chick-fil-a, oh my I sure will miss my early morning chicken biscuit. Oh well, thankfully I have Bojangles.

  14. Tori S says:

    Reading this and seeing how the RFRA bill in Indiana went was very intersting. Personally, I think RFRA and bills like it are simply ridiculous. Not only is it blatant discrimination, but from a business standpoint, it’s just plain stupid!! So, if you’re a very religious business owner, you’re seriously going to tell me that you would rather lose revenue than to serve someone because you “think” your religious freedom is being threatened? Oh please. Look at how well it worked out for the pizza shop in Indiana. If you honestly believe that your business will thrive because of bills like this, I think you are sadly mistaken. I would rather give my money to a business that doesn’t discriminate anyway

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