Arizona restaurant bans lawmakers in response to anti-LGBT law

By Arturo Garcia
Friday, February 21, 2014 17:39 EDT
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An Arizona pizza place has won itself online support after posting a defiant response to the Republican-backed law legalizing discrimination against the LGBT communities.

The Huffington Post reported on Friday that Tucson-based Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria put up a sign reading, “We reserve the right to refuse service to Arizona legislators” in the wake of the passage of SB 1062 on Thursday.

“A customer posted the sign to my Facebook feed, so I printed it up and laminated it,” owner Anthony Rocco DiGrazia told the Post. “The response has been overwhelming and almost all positive from across the globe. I just want to serve dinner and own and work in a place I’m proud of. Opening the door to government-sanctioned discrimination, regardless of why, is a huge step in the wrong direction.”

The caption above the photo of the sign reads, “Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these days.”

The bill has yet to be signed into effect by Gov. Jan Brewer (R). Supporters argue that it would protect business owners’ religious freedom, but the measure was quickly criticized by state Democrats.

“SB 1062 permits discrimination under the guise of religious freedom,” state Senate Democratic Leader Anna Tovar was quoted as saying. “With the express consent of Republicans in this Legislature, many Arizonans will find themselves members of a separate and unequal class under this law because of their sexual orientation.”

[Image via Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria official Facebook page]

Arturo Garcia
Arturo Garcia
Arturo R. García is the managing editor at Racialicious.com. He is based in San Diego, California and has written for both print and broadcast media, including contributions to GlobalComment.com, The Root and Comment Is Free. Follow him on Twitter at @ABoyNamedArt
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