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  •  You're right. What's LEGAL is absurd. (1+ / 0-)
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    I'm a lawyer too, and this discussion reminds me of the difference between us lawyers and normal people.

    What's especially absurd about the Arizona and Kansas bills, which most non-lawyers fail to grasp, is that they would only codify what's already perfectly legal.

    If a business owner decides to fire all his/her gay employees--that does NOT violate any federal law, and in most states violates no state law.

    If a business owner decides to refuse to serve any gay customers--that does NOT violate any federal law, and in most states violates no state law.

    (This is why Congress should pass ENDA, and should add sexual orientation and gender expression to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.)

    So the Arizona and Kansas bills would change nothing. They are a purely symbolic middle finger to LGBTQIA people, a purely symbolic pander to bigotry. A mere declaration of tribal loyalty. And that's all they are.

    "The true strength of our nation comes not from the might of our arms or the scale of our wealth, but from the enduring power of our ideals." - Barack Obama

    by HeyMikey on Sun Feb 23, 2014 at 12:31:00 PM PST

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    •  "they would codify what's already perfectly legal" (1+ / 0-)
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      Exactly right.    That's why I think the real purpose for the AZ bill is primarily an appeal to the GOP base.   However, it would subvert existing non-discrimination ordinances in several AZ cities like Phoenix.    To me that smells exactly like what Colorado's Amendment 2 was intended to do.

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