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Arizona Debates Passing Controversial Law & Losing Super Bowl [POLL]

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer attends a ceremony for the NFL Super Bowl Host Committee to pass the hosting duties off to Arizona, the site of the 2015 championship game. (Photo by Christopher Gregory/Getty Images)

I don’t keep up on Arizona news on a daily basis and was surprised to hear about a new law being considered that could force the NFL to move the Super Bowl.

Personally, I find this a fascinating debate and to be honest, I’m not sure which side of this new bill being considered I favor.  The pros and cons I have for each side seem to contradict one another and I totally get both sides.  So I am dying to know where my audience stands on the issue of Arizona’s SB1062.

In short, SB1062 would amend the existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act, allowing business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian customers so long as proprietors were acting solely on their religious beliefs.

As much as we think about Arizona being the modern day gunslingers and taking care of their own business, this is only a model of the same bill proposed in many other states, Colorado being one of them.  So hear is what I am hearing…

I think a business owner should be allowed to create his or her own environment within the law. Take the non-smoking law passed years ago. I believe that if a business owner wants to allow it’s customers to smoke that is their choice.  Non-smokers have the choice to not go to or eat at that business much like we change the channel on the TV when something comes on we don’t like.  No one is holding a gun to my head, or yours, to go into an eatery that allows smoking.  It’s your choice to do so but no one should tell someone how they can run their business unless they are willing to share the burden.

The First Amendment is very clear and covers both sides.  I don’t understand why it has to come down to being about bigotry, racism and all the other nasty stuff.  Just because you don’t believe in someone else’s religion or rights doesn’t mean it changes the Constitution.

So back to the headline of the story.  If the bill passes into law (deadline is the 28th), the NFL is considering leaving Phoenix behind as the next Super Bowl location and seeing a new venue for the game in 2015. I am so confused anymore as to why so many things contradict themselves from a simple document.  Even if Arizona passed the bill into law, the NFL wouldn’t be one of those businesses who would support it.  Anyone is welcome to come to the game and even be a vendor.

So that is where I’m at. On one hand we are not supposed to discriminate but the constitution allows it in certain circumstances, like religious beliefs when it comes to same sex marriage/relationships.  Who am I to judge who is right and wrong when it comes to religion. The Constitution is supposed to protect everyone’s beliefs regardless if you personally believe in them or not.  Again, it all comes down to choice.  If you don’t like what you’re watching, change the channel.

Would love to see your comments.  Feel free to leave them below and I would only ask to please keep it civil, open-minded and with thought.

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