Arizona Democrats Propose Banning LGBT Employment Discrimination

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Republican and Democratic lawmakers are pulling opposite ways on protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in Arizona.

While some Republicans are supporting a bill to extend religious protections to businesses, a gang of Democrats have since introduced legislation to ban LGBT discrimination in employment.

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The Republican-backed bill, Senate Bill 1062, would allow people to use religion as a defense in a lawsuit. The bill's sponsor, Republican Senator Steve Yarbrough, specifically has compared his legislation to the case in New Mexico, in which a wedding photographer refused to photograph a lesbian couple's wedding. Yarbrough's bill would give the photographer a defense, if that were an Arizona case.

This bill has been passed by legislators before, but it was among the bill vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer as part of her Medicare expansion power-trip last year.

On the other hand, no attention has been paid to what 15 Democrats have since introduced -- a bill to ban LGBT discrimination in employment.

Just as employers can't refuse to hire someone because of their race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, or gender, SB 1443 proposes employers shouldn't be able to refuse hiring someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

Though Democrats are still the minority in Arizona's Legislature, it's obvious which bill has a better chance of passing.

But Arizona has gay Republicans, too -- some of them very prominent figures. However, that doesn't seem to have too much of an effect on what goes on at the Legislature.

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Flyer9753 topcommenter

This is 2014 and the Constitution of this country has been in place for 125 years now.... 


100% support this bill, I just wish American's and in this case, specifically the bigoted Arizonans would grow the fuck up so this type of legislation were not needed.


Deport all the Democrats. They come up with some of the most idiotic ideas.


To propose this would be like beating on a dead horse.


How about a Senate Bill banning Child Predators that had sexual relationships with seventeen year old Boys from being able to run for Arizona Sheriffs position like sexual deviate Sheriff Paul Babeu?!!



I have to agree with you, however was not the G.O.P. just working on a Chicken in every yard Bill?!

The numbers of the U.S. House, and Senate were set when our Nation used Carrier Pigeons, and rode Horses to communicate with voters. In todays high tech communication World we need to cut the numbers in both the House, and Senate by about 90% so they can quit playing, and perhaps be once again Functional?!

There are just too many Idiots with nothing better to do in both the House, and Senate.

These Idiots have nothing to do, and all think they are Royalty.

david_saint01 topcommenter

@robert_graham  unless you are willing to be ridiculed and deprived of equal rights based on your political opinions, i suggest you rethink your stance. Its pure hypocrisy. Nothing new for you of course

eric.nelson745 topcommenter

@DNichols  Full disclosure: Babs plays on my team. That does not mean, however, that I think he deserves a pass on the Massachusetts NAMBLA case, if true. Of course, it's possible that the boy had reached the age of consent. Then there's the statute of limitations. It may be that Baby Boo cannot be prosecuted but what he allegedly did sure was an ethical violation. After all, he had power over that kid in his capacity as headmaster. Therefore I urge whoever chooses to challenge him in the next election cycle use that fact to beat him over the head. Oh, I almost forgot about how he tried to silence his illegal immigrant ex bf. I say to whoever the Dem will be who runs against him, use those facts to clobber him during the campaign. He's a disgrace to law enforcement.

valleynative topcommenter


Nobody was trying to get chickens into every yard.  You seem to have misunderstood that one.

You also seem to be confused between the Arizona Senate and the U.S. Senate.

And, of course, you couldn't cut the size of the U.S. Congress so dramatically and still allow them to represent the people of the States proportionately.




The "Boy" was a Student/Wayward Teen entrusted to the Care of the "School for wayward TEENS" that Babeu was the Head of!!!!

Of age in Mary Land or not Babeu is a Sick Child Predator Piece of Human Trash, and is a "Disgrace" to Humanity.

To: Justice?!


I think the polling machines that counted the election of Worthless  Babeu recently burned as an "Act of God."


valleynative topcommenter


Communication is not the issue.  It's voter-for-voter and state-for-state representation.

The Senate provides equal representation for each State.  The House provides representation for each State weighted by population.



Do you think we are able to communicate better in todays high tech World, or do I have that confused as well?

I think cutting them by atleast 90% would be far more "Proportionate" with Modern Technologies to both communicate with, and represnt the People of the United States.

Maybe they could then get something accomplished?!

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