We've always known Arizona lawmaker Steve Yarbrough as a defender of public education, and now the Republican is showing us that he's also a defender of freedom.
The senator recently introduced SB 1062 because our state's religious-freedom laws just needed an extra boost, or what he calls a "modest clarification," according to a report in The Arizona Republic.
Real defenders of freedom, however, point out that his bill would actually allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people, unmarried women or even non-Christians. And of course that other fellow defender, Center for Arizona Policy, is saying this is a way to protect photographers and bakers from providing services for same-sex weddings (which are illegal, thanks to the Center's director Cathi Herrod and her coven, er, organization).
Maybe the problem is that Herrod and Yarbrough just need some freedom-hugs. After all, they seemed to work for Gov. Jan Brewer after she expanded Medicaid and hugged it out with Democrat Rep. Chad Campbell.
Wonkette puts it all into perspective:
And Yarbrough told The Sierra Vista Herald that the bill would allow hotel owners to refuse to rent rooms to LGBT people and would protect businesses that had a religious objection to hiring unmarried women.
What could possibly be wrong with that?
It is a simple FACT that married heterochristians are being persecuted all over the damn place, what with all the gay marriage throat-cramming and the unmarried whores popping their no co-pay slut pills and the lamestream media banning Christmas. That’s why it’s vital to the survival of our derpocracy that good Christian business owners have a special law that protects their right to discriminate against people they think are icky. If, for example, a wedding photographer cannot tell a gay couple who wants to get married — even though they’re not allowed to do that in Arizona, so it’s sort of moot, but shut up — that he does not want to take photographs of their hypothetical wedding, why, it will be the end of freedom as we know it. And if a business owner thinks hiring a single lady will make said business owner burn in the fiery pits of hell like Jesus did not actually say, well, who is the stupid government to tell him he can’t do that? Someone must put his foot down against the ickiness, and that foot is Yarbrough.
Sad news for Yarbrough, though:
A similar bill was passed by both the Arizona House and Senate last year before being vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who refused to sign any bills until the legislature acted on expanding Medicaid.
So we can all keep our fingers crossed that Republican-turned-RINO Gov. Jan Brewer is still on her meds and will maybe let this bill die in a fire, as it should. For freedom. The actual kind.