Arizona legislation more anti-gay than Russia – should mtbers boycott it?
Would you feel comfortable staying, eating or shopping somewhere that actively refused to serve people the owner thought was homosexual?
and if you can’t tell which establishments it is that discriminate just by looking would you be better just going to a different state/country that doesn’t have that issue?
At least the Russian law ‘only’ stopped you from promoting homosexuality, not stop people selling you stuff because you looked it…Posted 3 years ago
and if you can’t tell which establishments it is that discriminate just by looking
not stop people selling you stuff because you looked it…
The irony is strong in this one…
Stuff like this needs the publicity to remind those who were very high and mighty over Russia to start sorting things out at home first.Posted 3 years ago
The irony is strong in this one…
I can see how you interpreted what I said there 🙂
I hope what I meant to say came across as well: if I don’t want to spend money somewhere that discriminates and there’s no sign on the doors of those that do/don’t should I just visit another state?Posted 3 years agothestabiliserMember
We’re an LGB rights advocacy group now?
I don’t think our combined economic might would cause the state much lost sleep. I’m pretty sure there are a lot of businesses in Arizona who would actively defy this rather than penalising them you should see if you can support a ‘stop this law’ campaign of which I’m sure there will be a few. i.e. if you’re that bothered petition the legislature. There’s also probably a few mtbers in the ‘hate the gays’ camp too, not least in the us of a of america’s heartlands so i think you plea fot mtber unity will fall on deaf ears (deafened by the exchange of hystrionic screeching on scottish independance).
That said, it is top notch hypocrisy.Posted 3 years agokonabunnyMember
America exposes itself again to be backward, Shocker!
Jesus Christ, you snotty little ungrateful gits. Look at where the US has been ahead of the curve in legislating against discrimination on the basis of sex, race, gender and disability, and where individual states and cities allow gay marriage, and freedom of information, and whistleblowing, and insider training, and anti cartel law, and then look at how backward and slow to the party the UK has been in adopting those things. “SHOCKER” :rolleyes: The cheap reflexive and brainless anti-American stuff that pops up here is so incredibly stupid and tedious.Posted 3 years agocrankboyMember
It might help to read the actual proposal or indeed the article , the law says that shopkeepers can (not must) refuse service if it they have strong religious views . It does not make being openly homosexual a crime. I have no doubt there are deeply homophobic people in Arizona who commit hate crimes (as there are around the world) but unlike Russia( and parts of the African continent eg Uganda) they are not being applauded for their actions and presented as roll models by politicians.
So a massive stretch of the truth to suggest Arizonan legislation is more Anti Gay than Russia . Still a rubbish law though but it could be a covert bluff to out the Homophobic shopkeepers so people can chose which business to support.Posted 3 years agoNickSubscriber
Mental, legal permission to discriminate.
Its also inconsistent, there are plenty of other things that the Bible says you shouldn’t do, but there are no laws for those. Eating Pork, Getting a tattoos, Working on Sundays, women speaking in church etc
So basically this is either another step aware from growing up and stopping believing in fairies or it is just that some people are using the right to believe in fairies to pick and choose how they oppress others.Posted 3 years agozippykonaSubscriber
I am going to commit myself to making sure Arizona never gets the Winter Olympics.Posted 3 years ago
Seriously though we have a gay couple come in the shop who must be knocking on 80.
They are just about the nicest people you will ever meet. How anyone could hold a grudge against them I don’t know.martinhutchSubscriber
It might help to read the actual proposal or indeed the article , the law says that shopkeepers can (not must) refuse service if it they have strong religious views
When a state authority makes it lawful to discriminate against someone on the basis of their race or sexuality, it instantly makes that person a second-class citizen in their own home. The message is clear – a citizen’s distaste for you and your lifestyle is more important than your rights to be treated equally. It may not criminalise being homosexual, but it sends a clear message about how they are to be (mis)treated.Posted 3 years ago
emsz – Member
You know what? There are probably people in England that don’t really want to serve me. And mostly I Couldn’t care less. How will they know? It’s not like I have “I’m a dyke” tattooed on my forehead.
So then it becomes stuff based on a rumour, or gossip. Then the girl with short hair or they guy who works as a hairdresser and has a pink shirt on.
Giving people the power to discriminate on a whim is very dangerous.Posted 3 years agomolgripsSubscriber
Look at where the US has been ahead of the curve in legislating against discrimination on the basis of sex, race, gender and disability
I’m also keen to know when this was?
+100 for mikewsmith too – a very slippery slope.
My mum used to get people thinking she was a lesbian back in the 60s, because she was an athlete. So she could’ve been refused service. In a small town, someone else in the shop could easily gossip on that and the rumour spreads. Imagine being refused service in half your town?
If your religion told you not to like black people, would it also be okay to refuse to serve them?Posted 3 years agogrumMember
The cheap reflexive and brainless anti-American stuff that pops up here is so incredibly stupid and tedious.
Not sure that anyone is anti everything about America – just about the stupid backward bigoted religious nonsense.
Jesus Christ, you snotty little ungrateful gits.
Overreact much?Posted 3 years agoJunkyardMember
We’re an LGB rights advocacy group now?
I think we care about all human rights or is it just the gayer ones you object to us supporting
There are probably people in England* that don’t really want to serve me. And mostly I Couldn’t care less. How will they know? It’s not like I have “I’m a dyke” tattooed on my forehead.
Not sure how good the gaydar of the average bigot is tbh
* The non english dont feel like this – that was why you said england yes?Posted 3 years agothestabiliserMember
That’s right Junky I’m a homophobe. Well done. The question was about MTBers I don’t think you’ll find we have a representative group of any kind that takes a stance on human rights issues. Similarly you won’t have heard of the following groups, because they don’t exist.
Flower arrangers against apartheidPosted 3 years ago
Morris dancers rainbow league
Woodturners free tibet movement
In the UK people don’t HAVE to serve anyone they don’t want anyway, and they don’t have to state why they don’t want to. There’s no legal obligation to sell things to people?
(not that I’m suggesting it’s OK to discriminate, just that there’s plenty of ways to do it legally anyway)Posted 3 years ago
In the UK people don’t HAVE to serve anyone they don’t want anyway,
possibly not but to refuse service based on customer sexuality and your own religious belief isn’t legal;Posted 3 years ago
But you’d have to actually state that’s why in the first place.
Ultimately there’s very few of these raging homophobes about, it makes more sense to ignore them until they die out than to boycott states who won’t even notice you’re missing.At the end of the day you don’t change people’s opinions by force, you either can’t change them (so it’s pointless trying and no loss to the world) or you change them with reason and logic.Posted 3 years ago
You may not be able to change their opinions, but you can legislate against their actions.
Yep, but I’m not sure what it gains you other than service by someone who hates you and will likely do everything they can to make you feel unwelcome anyway. Just go to a better shop.Posted 3 years ago
Society marginalises despite laws; education and prevention of physical and verbal abuse is key to turning things round. But not serving someone is somewhat more akin to offending them, in the grand scheme of things. I’ve been refused a B&B room in Edinburgh because the owner didn’t like the fact that I wasn’t married to my other half who was with me, but really it wasn’t worth caring about and I found another up the road (Who also didn’t like it but didn’t feel they could refuse lol). I wouldn’t expect legislation to protect my right to rent a B&B room while unmarried, I will just avoid that B&B and not recommend it?Posted 3 years ago
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