the women’s resource center where I go to school re-opened.
I am handing in my paper this week end about gays and lesbians vs. the religious rights. I cannot post the entire paper because of privacy and copyright laws, but here is a portion:
This paper will focus on two opposing groups in society and how different values, belief systems and the United States constitution can be used to change society and culture.
The conflict is between the Christian business owners in Arizona and the gay and lesbian community. Arizona’s Legislature has passed a controversial bill that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers. The bill, which the state House of Representatives passed by a 33-27 vote Thursday, February 21, 2014, went to Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican and onetime small business owner who vetoed similar legislation last year but has expressed the right of business owners to deny service (Sanchez and Marquez, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/21/us/arizona-anti-gay-bill/).
In response, Gov. Jan Brewer says:
“I think anybody that owns a business can choose who they work with or who they don’t work with,” Brewer told CNN in Washington on Friday. “But I don’t know that it needs to be statutory. In my life and in my businesses, if I don’t want to do business or if I don’t want to deal with a particular company or person or whatever, I’m not interested. That’s America. That’s freedom.” (Sanchez and Marquez, 2014, http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/21/us/arizona-anti-gay-bill/).
The Federal Civil Rights Act (http://www.judiciary.senate.gov/about/history/CivilRightsAct.cfm) guarantees all people the right to “full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, and accommodations of any place of public accommodation, without discrimination or segregation on the ground of race, color, religion, or national origin” (¶ 1).