Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill Was Part Of A Major Global Issue

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Last Friday, Arizona’s House of Representatives vetoed a bill that, had it been signed into law, would have taken our nation back decades.  While this was a victory for AZ, there are still so many places in the world where extreme discrimination is a regular policy.

The Arizona bill stated that business owners have the right to not serve people whose religious beliefs conflict with theirs. In a not-so-subtle way, it made anti-LGBTQ discrimination okay.

Thankfully for years of progress and activism, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the bill Wednesday evening. And because it’s 2014, she Tweeted about it too:

But this isn’t the end of the battle for gay rights in America and in many other parts of the world. This month, Idaho lawmakers will consider two bills that could legalize discrimination against the LGBTQ community.

Kansas proposed something similar about two weeks ago.

In Uganda, a bill was just turned into law that makes being homosexual just as bad as being a murderer. Members of the LGBTQ community can now be punished with life in prison — or worse. On top of that, people can get in trouble for “promoting homosexuality.” That means anyone who is offering any goods and services to an LGBT person, including housing, healthcare, education, or even food, can face hefty fines and jail time.

According to Amnesty International, the way the new law is written also criminalizes teaching about safe sex, and HIV and AIDS, which is certainly a backwards step in a country where 1.4 million people are living with HIV, including 190,000 children.
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The fact that anyone, anywhere can being punished simply for loving someone else is ludicrous. Especially when there are real issues, like poverty, hunger, and education for all that need our attention.
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