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    Yesterday at the Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce networking event the outcome of Arizona State Bill 1060 was one of the hot topics being discussed. As gay and lesbian business owners exchanged thoughts and ideas, while waiting for Governor Jan Brewer’s decision to sign or veto the bill on her desk, the prevailing thought appeared to be that the veto would be issued. The interesting takeaway was why the majority thought the bill would be vetoed. For many in attendance the bottom line was that the result would be based on possible economic effects and not on religious or moral grounds.
    A number of different statements were made regarding which big companies and corporations threatened or strongly suggested to the governor that signing the bill into law would be inadvisable. Governor Brewer stated “I can assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona”. Isn’t that how our elected officials are supposed to act, “do the right thing for …”?
    Somewhere along the way the division in beliefs, philosophies, and opinions is morphing into fear and hate mongering. Throughout the history of mankind religion has been used as a basis to attack, suppress or override common sense and decency towards one another. The pulpit is a place for religious leaders to lead and speak to their believers and followers. It should not be a Bully Pulpit that discriminates, inflames and promotes unequal standards between different groups of people.
    The legislative branch is to govern all the people all the time. It should not interfere with either business or religious positions. Unless your business is religion; like a church, synagogue, mosque, etc. who you serve should not even be a question. A licensed company should be open for business to everyone or open to no one.
    On Wednesday the conversation should not have been debating whether Arizona SB 1065 would be signed or vetoed, but focused on the bigger questions: “How and why is this even up for discussion in 2014?”

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