Arizona pizzeria protests anti-gay bill by refusing to serve lawmakers

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Arizona lawmakers who signed a bill allowing businesses to refuse service to gay couples in the name of religious freedom are persona non grata at a Tucson pizzeria.

Sponsors of the bill, which was signed Thursday, say it protects the religious liberty of Arizona citizens but opponents say it encourages discrimination.

According to time.com, Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria posted a sign in its window that reads, “We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators.” It also posted a photo of the sign on its Facebook page, where it’s racked up more than 20,000 likes.

 

 

“I was appalled by the Senate passing the law,” the restaurant’s owner, Rocco DiGrazia, told the Arizona Daily Star. “The sentiment is that any expansion of discrimination is gonna hurt everybody and open the doors for more.

He said several of his regular customers are gay, along with some of his waitstaff. ”Why discriminate against anybody?” he said. “I’m just trying to make some food.”

 


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