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McCain joins opposition to Arizona's religious rights bill

By United Press International

john_mccain2Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians on grounds of religious objection.

The bill, SB1062 -- promoted as providing protections to business owners with strongly held religious beliefs -- triggered a national backlash from gay rights supporters.

McCain posted a message on his Twitter account Monday, calling for a veto, the (Tucson) Arizona Daily Star reported. McCain joins a growing number of Republican legislators and business owners asking Brewer to reject the bill, including U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake and state Sen. Steve Pierce, who voted in favor of it last week.

"I screwed up. I'm trying to make it right," Pierce told Capitol Media Services.

Existing state laws allows businesses to claim exemption from state statures or regulations because of "sincerely held" religious beliefs. The law under consideration would extend that exception to situations in which a business owner is sued by someone denied service, including gay customers.

Glenn Hamer, president of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and industry, called the bill bad for business Sunday.

Kristin Jarnagin, vice president of the Arizona Lodging and tourism association, noted the state has "already lost untold amounts of tax dollars due to the negative perception that the legislation attaches to our state's image, and it hasn't even been signed into law yet."

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  1. gopuc12450Comment by gopuc12450
    February 25, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    McCain is unable to get things done in the U.S. Senate, so he resorts to beating up the ‘home’ crowd.

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    • mbnickComment by mbnick
      February 25, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

      Just another control freak looking to pander to buy control.

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    • Kerry-USN-RetiredComment by kerryp
      February 25, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

      Make no mistake McCain is a liberal democrat, Vote him OUT.

      Bill of Rights, Amendment I
      Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof;……
      The free exercise of one’s religious beliefs is protected by the Bill of Rights.
      One’s sexual desires ARE NOT protected by the Constitution, not even by The Civil Rights Act of 1964; it prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

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    • elderalComment by elderal
      February 25, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

      To echo the truth told here by others: McCann is a liberal democrat. (The NRC made a huge error by pushing him as the nominee in 2012.)

      Now special protections for sexual deviants. Next we will have the be “respectful” of child molesters and rapists lest we offend them or “violate the rights” in practicing their putrid activities.

      Let me perfectly clear: I am a male who is attracted to females but I have the morals and emotional maturity required to restrain myself from inappropriate words, much less actions, yet the “gay” community insists that they have the “right” to do anything whatsoever they may choose and then expect decent people to condone their vile actions. Well that will not happen. They are sick, pathetic, mentally-challenged, , immature, immoral perverts !

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    • JudyComment by Judy
      February 25, 2014 @ 5:14 pm

      This all seemned to start with gay wedding issues. I would opt for one of the countless other bakers/photographers available that don’t have a problem serving gays to be sure my special day was not ruined by a bad cake or photos.. and I wouldn’t worry about others who do not agree with gays. Gay lifestyle has not been accepted by most and it will not change because of a wedding. the bakers decision was a statement of faith, and like it or not, God made rules of living for us to follow. Believers follow these rules and should not have to compromise their values, and government should not make laws telling them they must. There are many places who will accept your business and money. This will probably fail because you are reaping the benefit of a liberal government at the expense of believers.

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      February 25, 2014 @ 5:24 pm

      On second thought, go back to playing poker on your iPhone, John—every time you try to act Senatorial, you muck things up for the rest of us.

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      February 25, 2014 @ 5:52 pm

      Like most progressives, he knows what’s best for everybody. He doesn’t believe in representative government.

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    • diamondjimComment by diamondjim
      February 25, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

      John Boy and I are pretty close to the same age, but I really believe the old fart is getting senile! Either that, or the McCain we have seen for the past 30 years was a contrived character, and now that he will never have to run office again, figures it is O.K. to “come out” and display his true self. Reminds me of that old ’60′s TV program where three folks claimed to be the same individual and a panel tried to guess who was the real deal and who were the imposters. Observing his recent behavior makes me feel like one of the panelists on that program!

      At any rate, watching an old war hero end his career in such a bizarre fashion is painful for all of us, and must be especially painful for those who have trusted, loved, and supported him for so long.

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    • gopluvaComment by gopluva
      February 25, 2014 @ 8:08 pm

      Everyone seems to think this law is about LGBT lifestyles and protecting the business owner from suits. This law is to protect business owners from being sued by ANYONE they choose not to serve. By saying its anti gay it brings up a different connotation. It is a religious freedom law not a civil rights law, and there is a big difference between the two. McCain is so far out there in his dotage. I am surprised that Romney cant see the difference tho/The others like Flake and Pierce are like Brewer afraid to lose their jobs.

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  2. NY GrahamComment by NY Graham
    February 25, 2014 @ 11:51 am

    Once again, McCain has forgotten that he is supposed to represent the people of Arizona in the US Senate, not tell them what they should and should not be doing in their own state.

    One of the main reasons I do not support gay marriage is that inevitably people will be forced to do things that conflict with their own beliefs. Private businesses will be forced to host, cater and participate in gay marriages or face legal action. In a supposedly free country, nobody should be forced to do something against their will. No private business should be forced to do business with other private citizens.

    Businesses must be careful about whom they choose to refuse business to (it is bad business to turn away customers), but they should always retain the right to refuse engaging in a commercial transaction with another individual regardless of why they made that decision.

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    • jmortensenComment by jmortensen
      February 25, 2014 @ 2:21 pm

      We have been given “Freedom of Choice” by none other thenGOD so McCain is representing the devil if he wants to take it away .. JESUS would NOT bake a Cake for a “Gay” couple .. HE would tell them that HE will forgive them if they repent and “SIN ” no more

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    • xman3Comment by xman3
      February 25, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

      With all of the ‘gay rights’ hoop-la, you would think 70% of the population is lgbt, when in fact it is less than 3%. Normal people choose to do business with businesses that you feel comfortable with, have the product you want at a reasonable price. Otherwise you move on to another business/vendor.

      The demon is our own corrupt, deceiving, lying Government.

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    • mootsagootsaComment by mootsagootsa
      February 25, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

      Since nobody should do something against their will we should abolish Obamacare

      A business open to the public is a different matter. Should a business decide not to serve woman or blacks or Catholics etc.

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    • 1389ADComment by 1389AD
      February 26, 2014 @ 6:24 am

      @ mootsagootsa,

      I suppose you’re okay with the fact that shopping malls are forced to allow black gang-bangers on their premises, who will then rob the stores and target white customers for their “knockout game” and “polar bear hunting” attacks.

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  3. inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
    February 25, 2014 @ 12:04 pm

    Just one more McCain sellout to protect his lawyer buddies in Washington who will lose a ton of business law suits once innocent business owners are allowed to cull out those seeking their 10 minutes of discrimination fame and their $10 million in lawsuit damages for imagined discrimination. When a snake slitsers into you home or place of business with an agenda to devour your morals, you should have a right to refuse them entry at the door, left you be forced later to shoot them once inside when they poise to strike at you. Nobody should be given unearned special privileges to invade the privacy of the business where you earn your living and gain political rights to recognize that which offends the owner of the business through force of government interventiuon that diminish your rights to privacy and personal opinion that were earned, and enshrined in our Constitutional first ammendment right of free speech and free thought.

    Mr McCain, you did not go to war to defend the right of one sector of Amrican society to make or gain freedoms at the cost of other sectors losing theirs. Do you not understand the meaning of win/win where both come out ahead,,,,or just lose/lose where you and your actions again just get you shot down in flames, and you and those who follow you get their brains beat out and their once strong arms twisted behind their backs into government submission. You Sir are obviously a member of the wrong political party and need to change teams to one that actually reflects your beliefs. Hint,,,it starts with a “D”

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    • freedomfighterComment by freedomfighter
      February 26, 2014 @ 12:12 am

      McCain is a Traitor, to his Party, America, our Constitution, and we the People. He has gone so far over to the left, that he is standing at our Backsides.
      The U.S. Constitution, as Nobama says, is to be completely divided between Religion/Church, and State. How then, is it OK, or legal Constitutionally for State, or Government, to tell a Business what they can, or cannot do according to their Religious teachings, values, and Commandments?. This is not their jurisdiction, any more than it was for them to cram Nobamacare down the throats of the American People, in direct opposition to the Amendment which clearly states Government cannot force the American People to purchase anything from a third party.
      Their definition of Law, and Constitutional adherence, is a case by case matter of whither or not it is a convenience to their wants, needs, preferences, and or agendas. In this particular scenario, it does not reflect what they want, so it is completely abandoned. The Laws, or Constitution are only used as a crutch, when it happens to serve their own purposes, which is a rare case, indeed.
      Lets be absolutely honest here, if the Constitution were followed to the letter, the Vulture would likely not be President, or at very least, be arrested for Treason against the People, the Laws, the Constitution, and the oath of office. This, of course, is one of those cases where they do not need, nor want the hamperings of the Constitution, or Laws of the land to apply. Out with the toe steppers, and in with the in-steppers.

      WE THE PEOPLE DO HAVE A VOICE, AND A CHOICE,
      WE JUST NEED TO MAKE BOTH COUNT, OTHERWISE,
      RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. NOBAMA WINS, GAME OVER!.

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  4. ruetschiComment by ruetschi
    February 25, 2014 @ 1:43 pm

    To think we had to vote for this moron/democrat for president.

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  5. gentlemanjimComment by gentlemanjim
    February 25, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

    If it’s against their religion then they should be able to practice their religion.

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    • rockcutComment by rockcut
      February 25, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

      It is very simple. If you choose to do business in the market place of America you have no right to refuse someone services because of race, sex, or religion. Period !

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    • handymanherbComment by handymanherb
      February 26, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

      So rockcut are you for forcing muslims to handle pork and booze, lets see you protesting muslims for a change,if you have the *****

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  6. ccfontenComment by ccfonten
    February 25, 2014 @ 1:52 pm

    Shut up, McFool.

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  7. kuffarGamalComment by kuffarGamal
    February 25, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

    People should not be forced to violate their religious beliefs. This is carrying the law against discrimination too far. There is widespread disagreement in society regarding the morality of homosexuality. If it is a bad sin then people should not be forced to support it. If a lesbian wedding is a bad thing than a person who thinks it’s a bad thing should not have to make a cake with too lesbians kissing on it. More importantly children in school should not be forced to engage in homosexual behavior as part of tolerance training. Not all discrimination is wrong. Not letting murderers vote could be considered discrimination. The problem is murderers are immoral and in this case discrimination is right. Who are we to judge whether homosexuality is moral or not. We need to recognize that there are people with strongly held opposing viewpoints and respect that.

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  8. lee123Comment by lee123
    February 25, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

    This does not surprise me a bit. McCain might have been a great man 40 years ago, but right now he’s just like the rest of the Republican “leadership.” As Ted Nugent said a couple weeks ago, “They’ve had their scrotums removed with a rusty knife.” I understand Jeff Flake, the man who misrepresented himself as a conservative in order to get elected, has joined McCain in calling for the governor to veto this bill. I’ve been a Republican all my life, but I’ll never vote for either of these fools again.

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  9. crusader2010Comment by crusader2010
    February 25, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    You can bet I won’t vote for him, and I live in his district. in-fact i’m campaigning against the old RINO.

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  10. edward1952Comment by edward1952
    February 25, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    John it is time you retired, or become an Obama supporter.

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    • dieseldriverComment by dieseldriver
      February 25, 2014 @ 2:58 pm

      He should be honest for just a moment and admit that he’s a democrat in RINO clothing.

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  11. daryl67Comment by daryl67
    February 25, 2014 @ 2:07 pm

    The big problem these fools don’t see is that Muslims thru CAIR can have their religious rights protected but Christians can’t? This bill is needed to protect Christians even though it should never come to this. It is disgusting that Americans have allowed this country to come this far. In some towns in Arizona, Christians can’t even have Bible study in their own home without facing civil infractions. I hope this bill gets signed. The morons that are against this bill are supporters of gays.

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  12. freebirdComment by freebird
    February 25, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    How long ago was it bigots and racists argued that God intended for the races to be separated? Check out ye ole Bob Jones University and you’ll find lots of “religious” reasons for segregation.

    Going back even further we had beliefs that blacks were not the same species or a lower form of the species, so taking them as slaves was God’s order of things.

    Then there’s the religious beliefs that the races should not mingle (marry) lest they produce “mud” children and pollute the species. Them folks have the mark of Cain on ‘em.

    Religions have a fine history of subjugation of minorities, women, anyone who doesn’t think like they think.
    Now comes the “heartfelt religious beliefs” that God wants them to discriminate against another group of his children because they are different. I’m guessing those folks have never heard of the New Testament….

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    • dieseldriverComment by dieseldriver
      February 25, 2014 @ 3:03 pm

      None of the people you mention are true Christians. God doesn’t care what race or mixture of races a person is. It’s like MLKJr said It’s character that counts not skin color. The idea that “mixed” races are “mud” children would leave 99.99999% of the people on earth as “mud” people. I don’t believe there are any who don’t have some mixture somewhere in their background. YOu can’t find anyone genetically different from anyone else to indicate such a thing as a pure race. The only pure race is the human one.

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    • MichaellabordeComment by Michaellaborde
      February 25, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

      Jim crow was enacted by democrats. Most discrimination came from democrats.
      Your beliefs on the bible are completely false and come from a human rendering of the bible and religion.
      The cross of Christ represents freedom the cross of humanism represents enslavement to a human being.
      Man is continually thinking of evil and practices it unless he is guided by the spirit of God which is Love. Sometimes that love will hurt your feelings because it runs contrary to Gods principles and precepts.

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  13. DudleyComment by Dudley
    February 25, 2014 @ 2:28 pm

    John needs to either join the Democrat party or resign. Every time he opens his mouth it’s another embarrassment.

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    • jb80538Comment by jb80538
      February 25, 2014 @ 2:32 pm

      I’d prefer he resign!

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  14. conservativepatriotComment by conservativepatriot
    February 25, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    Get RID of McCain. He is worse than the demoncrats, because he lies about his supposed conservatism. He is a senile, traitorous worthless ***. Get rid of him, and then maybe we can get rid of the demoncrats, starting with obozo.

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  15. commonsensegrandmaComment by commonsensegrandma
    February 25, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    Something is VERY wrong here when this bill is being opposed by Senator McCain and others. Here in NY you cannot buy a diamond ring from certain establishments on Saturday, a prime shopping day for most people. Why? Because the owners are conservative Jews who believe that the Sabbath must be respected. IS the LGBT community going to force them to open on Saturday because that is when they want to buy diamonds? Do we expect a Kosher Deli to serve Pork or a ham sandwich with Mayo because we want one, even though it goes against the religious beliefs of the owners? Why do we create separate swimming facilities for Muslim women in certain cities and call it “tolerance”, but when it comes to Christians all of a sudden respecting their beliefs is a sign of intolerance. We cannot have it both ways, hence the bill as proposed in AZ.

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  16. roystoll2Comment by roystoll2
    February 25, 2014 @ 3:04 pm

    I have a thriving business and I would never refuse to sell to somebody because they are gay or for any other similar reason. Christianity tells us to not judge others, right. Now, that said, if they were activists trying to shove it down your throat or make it an issue??? This IS discrimination in its worst form and I can’t go along with this. The wedding cake issue was different and was only to generate press. Christians need to act more like Christians and follow the Ten Commandments as well as the Golden Rule.

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    • dieseldriverComment by dieseldriver
      February 25, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

      1 Cor 6:9-10, “Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God“

      Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/what-does-the-bible-say-about-same-sex-marriage-is-it-sin/#ixzz2uN6d8K64

      I have to admit I was mistaken about homosexuals not being automatically sinners. It’s clear that they are. Since God gave us free will it is their own choice. Whatever sin you engage in it is your own choice. Best choice is to ask God for forgiveness and accept his commands and his grace for it is by his grace we are saved.

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  17. countryjackComment by countryjack
    February 25, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    I am sad the country has come to the time when 3% of the population can rule the other 97%. McCain needs replaced as well as the other left wing republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives. I’m not in Arizona but I am a business person that has no problem in refusing gays in my places of business. I will continue to do so regardless of what some oddball politician including the president says.

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  18. dieseldriverComment by dieseldriver
    February 25, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    I’m moving to AZ as soon as I finish clearing up business here in CA and I’m for sure not going to vote for either of these to democrats in republican clothing. I will actively campaign against them both.
    Engaging in homosexuality is a sin. Being homosexual is not. It’s like Jesus said “go and sin no more”. From the very beginning it’s been one man and one woman till death do them part.

    Genesis 2:21-25 So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

    Read more: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/bible-verses-about-marriage-20-great-scripture-quotes/#ixzz2uN20gmiQ

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  19. ragweedComment by ragweed
    February 25, 2014 @ 3:11 pm

    Do you good people of Arizona need anything more to see that McCain is too incompetent to serve you and all of us anymore? If he had been elected President, – Heaven forbid – he would have likely appointed Hanoi Jane as the Ambassador to Vietnam.

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    • inluminatuoComment by inluminatuo
      February 25, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

      And Tokyo Rose Kennedy as Ambassador to Japan.

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  20. crazyhorseComment by crazyhorse
    February 25, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

    Why would a private business even need a law that allows them to do business with or WITHOUT whoever it wants? Gubmint get out of the way, you’re way too big!

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  21. logos3Comment by logos3
    February 25, 2014 @ 3:28 pm

    The government has no interest and need to keep out of telling stores and companies how to operate their business.
    Government need to separate itself from religious issues, for which our Constitution guarantee.

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  22. dieseldriverComment by dieseldriver
    February 25, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

    Man I love this page: http://www.whatchristianswanttoknow.com/

    Any topic they quote multiple verses throughout the old and new testement that answers any question you can ask about sin and morality or how to be saved. I like to read around the verses quoted too, you learn a lot. For instance, a lot of people know and can quote John 3-16 but how many have read the whole of Chapter 3. It’s all relevant especially the first part where the tells Nicodemus about needing to be born again. It’s amazing what the love of God can do for us if we just believe. Read his book and go and sin no more. Not always easy, changing your homosexuality to hetero may be the hardest thing anyone ever does but God can help if a person truly believes. He WILL help. He never gives us more than we can carry. He sent his son to DIE HORRIBLY to pay for our sins in our place. Don’t let that go to waste.

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  23. Mort_fComment by Mort_f
    February 25, 2014 @ 3:50 pm

    All those businesses with those signs: “No shoes, No Shirts, NO Service”, had better be taking down those signs. For that too is discrimination. Next to go are discriminatory restaurants that do not allow pot smoking in their establishment. I want my tobacco rights restored, especially in NYC.

    The above are all ridiculous. But when personal services come into play, then discrimination is also a personal right. And no business should be required to violate the owners personal belief.

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  24. constitutionalistComment by constitutionalist
    February 25, 2014 @ 4:11 pm

    Both McCain and Flake seem to have forgotten that the citizens of Arizona who are legal are the ones who elected them and expect them to represent those legal citizens including conservative Christian heterosexuals. Instead they prefer to represent Mexicans(gang of 8). A sad day for those of us who have lost their rights and are unrepresented. I left the former GOP after 50 years. Brewer is another who will not get my vote again. Mickey Mouse sounds better.

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  25. braines57Comment by braines57
    February 25, 2014 @ 4:22 pm

    It would seem that we have some individuals out here today who are not very up to date on current events or else they would know that the reason for the proposed bill in AZ is because of 2 cases where businesses declined to provide services to homosexual couples and were sued as a result. One was a photographer and the other a bakery. Neither one wanted to provide their services to a homosexual couple and were sued as a result. This goes against our U.S. Constitution. Nowhere does it say that we have to do anything for anyone if it goest against our religious beliefs. But of course the LGBT idiots aren’t going to allow that so they look for ways to attack. Make no mistake about it – this is the end of the road folks and if you aren’t sure where you’re supposed to be or where you’re going to end up, might I recommend you read the Bible! As for Senator McCain, even though he is a decorated veteran and I applaud him for that, his house is obviously not founded upon the Rock and that is why he blows whichever way the wind is currently going – from Osama and his minions straight down. I will pray for him but I do not support his politics. He obviously bleeds blue and not red, so maybe he needs to move to a different state and run on the ticket of the party that matches his stance, which sure is not Republican.

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