Colorado has a law on the books that says, in simple terms, a business open to the public can’t discriminate against gay people.
Photo Insert: Arizona has a law much like Colorado’s. Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes announced in no uncertain terms that her office is determined to enforce it.
The radical right-wing majority of the US Supreme Court (SC) issued a ruling last week saying that, yes, it can. The court took the side of a web designer in Colorado who said it was her First Amendment right to refuse to design wedding websites for same-sex couples.
Arizona has a law much like Colorado’s. Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes announced in no uncertain terms that her office is determined to enforce it.
The Supreme Court be damned, EJ Montini wrote in an opinion piece for the Arizona Republic. To spite the SC some more, Mayes called the ruling “woefully misguided.”
After the court announced its decision in the Colorado case, Mayes issued a statement that read in part, “Today, a woefully misguided majority of the US Supreme Court has decided that businesses open to the public may, in certain circumstances, discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans. While my office is still reviewing the decision to determine its effects, I agree with Justice Sotomayor — the idea that the Constitution gives businesses the right to discriminate is ‘profoundly wrong.’”
Mayes is referring to a dissenting opinion by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who wrote in part, “Today, the Court, for the first time in its history, grants a business open to the public a constitutional right to refuse to serve members of a protected class.”
She added: “By issuing this new license to discriminate … the immediate, symbolic effect of the decision is to mark gays and lesbians for second-class status.”