either he is unaware of what the bill he is backing actually is or is out of touch with reality. Senator Melvin did not do himself any justice by denying the fact that 1. this bill promotes discrimination (not religious freedoms as he insists repeatedly) and 2. that Arizona doesn’t have a shred of legislation that protects the discrimination by sexual orientation.
Meaning, unlike some states where gay and lesbian couples DO have protection under the law against discrimination and CAN sue for being discriminated against for being gay or lesbian, in Arizona they do not, therefor cannot sue for being discriminated against because they are homosexual. this is the point Anderson Cooper is trying to make. They’re suing in those states because they can.
Granted, Senator Melvin mentions this is a preemptive measure so that in the future, those who do not want to provide services for those who are homosexual, cannot sue for discrimination (which they can’t anyways since they’re not protected under anti-discrimination law. well they could try but they don’t have the weight of the law behind them).
hell, even Mitt Romney is telling Governor Jan Brewer to veto the law.
"im against all discrimination and i want maximum religious freedom" - Senator Al Melvin.