Can gay and lesbian customers legally be denied service because of their sexual orientation?
Arizona is about thisclose to making that happen after its state legislature passed the "religious freedom" bill Friday night. Gov. Jan Brewer can still veto the controversial legislation, but there are indications she will not.
In short, the bill (SB 1062) allows business owners to cite their religious conviction in refusing to serve gays or lesbians. There is, of course, more to all of this, and you'd be forgiven for not keeping track of all the different sides and developments.
So, that's what we're here for. Here's pretty much all you need to know to understand the battle around the so-called "anti-gay" and "pro-religious freedom" SB 1062.
1. You wouldn't happen to have a copy of this bill that we can read for ourselves, would you? Sure do. Here.
2. That's great for over-achievers, but is there a Cliff Notes version of what this bill and the battle is all about? Of course. Here.
3. Lots of strong opinions. But how do the people most impacted -- Arizona residents -- feel about it? The poll in this story paints a pretty one-sided picture.
4. How about a defense of the bill from an Arizona state senator?
5. How about an attack on the bill from an "embarrassed" Arizona citizen?
6. What's this about three of the GOP lawmakers who passed SB 1062 now wanting Brewer to veto it?!
7. Is it possible everyone is just misconstruing the bill's intent? Like these folks who helped craft it contend?
8. Arizona has two Republican U.S. senators. How do they feel about SB 1062?
I hope Governor Brewer vetoes SB 1062
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) February 22, 2014
I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 24, 2014
9. McCain showing some hashtag savvy. All right, well, what are the chances Brewer, another Republican, will actually squash this thing?
10. Those groups that helped draft the bill... are they getting nervous?
11. Seems like many opponents are more concerned with its business implications than civil rights, eh?