Was Arizona law constitutional after all?


Here’s more discussion about the bill Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed last week that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians, per their religious beliefs. This note came from reader Dave Murray:

“One of the hallmarks of the Constitution is its emphasis on personal property rights. This is what was at the heart of the Arizona law. Does a business owner have the right to decide who he will or will not do business with? The answer, backed by the Constitution, is absolutely and clearly yes. It’s really no different than who gets to decide who you or I let into our house. Do you really want some government law, person or entity having a say in that? It should be the same for businesses, and the owners. They should have the right to do business with whom they chose, and this should be respected and protected above all else, period. If their choices cripple their business, so be it. They alone suffer the consequences.”

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