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CNN’s Chris Cuomo completely destroys spokesperson for Arizona’s ‘gay Jim Crow law’

In an interview on CNN’s New Day this morning, anchor Chris Cuomo shed some light on the organization that helped write the extreme anti-LGBT bill in Arizona, which some have characterized as the “gay Jim Crow law.”

The Scottsdale-based Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the right-wing Center for Arizona Policy were the principle drafters of the bill, and aside from the expansive coverage of the story, little attention has been paid to the long history of anti-gay activism by both organizations, especially the ADF.

But Cuomo decided to attack the ideological origins of the bill head-on while interviewing ADF attorney Kellie Fiedorek. Not surprisingly, she dodged the uncomfortable questions about whether or not the bill gives a pass to business to openly discriminate against the LGBT community.

But the most notable part of the segment came when Fiedorek compared requiring businesses to serve gay customers to asking a Muslim to participate in a burning of the Koran or an African-American to photograph a KKK rally Cuomo immediately called her out, noting the ADF’s record of defending anti-gay discrimination:

It allows people to not do business with gays, is what it allows. Your organization has a history of trying to hedge the ability to deal with gay marriage and gay rights in the country. All somebody has to do is, you know, Google your organization. So let’s just be open and honest about it.

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  1. Heather Gray

    February 24, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Dig deep enough (maybe half an inch) and you will certainly find ALEC and/or Koch Bros money.

  2. Aly

    February 24, 2014 at 10:02 pm

    She is acting like the government doesn’t protect religious freedom in the U.S. and they need protection. Though, who needs protection is the LGBT community.

  3. irishconnell

    February 25, 2014 at 4:29 am

    puppet speech.

  4. Craig Anthony Brotherston

    February 27, 2014 at 4:17 am

    I love how they always mask prejudice with “freedom”. So please, explain how this is different from refusing service to blacks?

  5. GoFig

    February 27, 2014 at 4:38 am

    Amazing how this woman is able to lie to herself and the viewing audience with such sincerity. Pitiful.

  6. Billy D

    February 27, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I get a priest or other similar religious figure refusing to perform a marriage of two people of the same gender. I get a wedding cake designer not putting two men or two women on top of a cake and not keeping those matched figurines in stock. I get stuff where you actually have to condone or participate in the event. That is already protected though under the First Amendment. So, there’s no need for this law. The law does say that the person has to prove how it prevents them from exercising their religious beliefs, but, in a world where a business can refuse to provide documentation that switches their burden of providing birth control to the insurance company because they say it is too much to ask, I believe that amendment to the law to be a ruse.

  7. Tom

    February 28, 2014 at 12:53 am

    I wouldn’t be concerned with this law at all. The businesses that want to exercise their right to refuse gay people will only enhance the businesses that don’t give a rat’s ass about it. Bigotry will fail, acceptance will thrive. Fine by me!

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