L.A. Times opinion writer Scott Martelle, calling the Arizona “religious freedom” bill what it is:
Reading the latest news out of Arizona on gay rights brings an image to mind: Jim Crow.
The Arizona Legislature on Thursday approved a law that would allow a business owner to refuse service to a gay customer if doing so would violate the practice of the owner’s religion. So, as our colleague Cindy Carcamo writes from Tucson, a baker could refuse to sell a wedding cake to a gay couple if her faith proscribes homosexuality. Further, a hotel owner with similar beliefs could deny a room to traveling lesbians. Two men holding hands ask for a table in a near-empty restaurant? The God-fearing owner could bar the door without risking a discrimination lawsuit.
23:29 // 2 weeks ago
Bad news for Okies from Muskogee who have strong, if misguided, opinions on “livin’ right”: Gay marriage is about to be legal in your state.
A US federal judge struck down Oklahoma’s ban on same-sex marriage Tuesday, saying it was unconstitutional, a month after a similar move in Utah.
The ruling in the long-running case also followed a landmark Supreme Court decision in June finding that couples in same-sex marriages were entitled to the same benefits and protections as their heterosexual counterparts.
"The court holds that Oklahoma’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution," US District Judge Terence Kern wrote in his opinion.
Gay marriage is for more than those hippies in San Francisco, but feel free to wave Old Glory down at the courthouse. Just keep in mind that (after the case goes to the Supreme Court) there’s a good chance that happy couples who happen to be of the same gender might be getting married after a long period of pitching woo.
20:07 // 1 month ago