Well, you’d have to almost be in a coma to miss all the news and “hype” that has been going on these past few days about The State of Arizona legislature passing a bill providing protection for business owners, allowing them to refuse services to gay people.
But, what does the bill really say, and why was it passed? Was it really necessary to begin with?
This came about because some folks were looking to “pick a fight”… plain and simple.
It is unfortunate really, because this has given the “gay community” further ammunition and the ability to say: “Poor Us… We continue to be discriminated against…”. How so? Well, if you look at some of the situations that have led-up to this legislation, you had some business owners in Arizona refusing services to gay individuals, because they were gay… wedding planners, wedding cake makers, etc. The blame for this situation rests on both sides of the issue, and unnecessarily so.
I don’t know about you, but I have seen signs posted in many shops / restaurants / businesses stating: “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”. Unfortunately, some of the business owners in Arizona that lost their lawsuits went a step further to say: “We’re refusing service to you explicitly because you are gay”. That is what prompted these lawsuits, subsequently the legislation, and now this “media frenzie”, which you know the gay community is cheering.
Again, this is an example of a few folks seeking to “pick a fight” that in hindsight wasn’t necessary in the way it was done.
If these business owners that were sued, had just pointed these folks back to a sign stating: “We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone”… without trying to make a religious / political statement out of doing so, I personally feel this whole situation in Arizona would never be making the national headlines it is now.
Were these shop / business owners within their rights to refuse services? Of course. But, I would suggest, how they went about this, is why this has come “to blows” in Arizona and, now nationally.
You have to remember, that society now largely considers homosexuals to be a legitimate minority group, deserving of rights just as the civil rights movement of the 1960s. And, if people take that step to say: “I am refusing your business strictly because you are gay”. Well, this is the sort of thing you can – should expect to happen these days. I don’t think anyone out there would disagree, that if a business owner told someone: “You aren’t welcome to shop here because you are a divorcee”, there would be backlash from that.
Again, this whole situation would’ve never happened (I believe), if some business owners would just post a simple sign:
And stick to that reason alone.