Arizona religious freedom bill: Business rejects lawmakers over bill allowing them to reject gays

Arizona's legislature passed a bill allowing business owners to refuse service to gays on religious grounds, prompting one Tucson business to post a sign refusing service to legislators.

With a 33-27 vote Thursday, Arizona's House of Representatives sent the legislation to Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's desk. Republicans have argued the bill is about protecting religious freedom but Democrats have called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination."

If signed into law, the bill would allow any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any action brought by the government or individual claiming discrimination. It also allows the business or person to seek an injunction once they show their actions are based on a sincere religious belief and the claim places a burden on the exercise of their religion.

In protest, Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson put up a sign saying, "We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona Legislators."

The restaurant posted a photo of the sign to Facebook, saying, "Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days."

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