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#PRWin: Rocco’s Pizzeria V. Arizona’s Bigoted Senate

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As quiet as they would have liked it to be kept, the Arizona state Senate passed S.B. 1062, which reads the following: 

“Exercise of religion” means the PRACTICE OR OBSERVANCE OF RELIGION, INCLUDING THE ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.

Arizona Democrats, who argue the legislation is a way to legalize discrimination against LGBT individuals, sponsored eight amendments in an attempt to thwart the legislation — all of which were rejected by Senate Republicans. In other words, “no shirt, no shoes, no gay folks, no service.”

And then a notable Tucson-based pizzeria decided to stick a pie in Arizona’s eye. And it’s so dee-lish.

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Arizona Deals with Negative PR Effects of Immigration Law

Arizona‘s SB 1070, enacted in 2010 in an effort to eliminate undocumented immigration, has faced legal challenges and widespread criticism. When the law was first written, it authorized warrantless arrests, made the act of seeking work a criminal offense for undocumented immigrants and required all immigrants (even the legal ones) to carry papers at all times.

The United States Supreme Court struck down those components of the law but upheld the controversial portion that authorizes police to ask anyone in Arizona for documentation of citizenship or immigration status.

While the law has many supporters, civil rights groups cried foul and encouraged widespread boycotts of Arizona tourism and other businesses. While the PR risks of SB 1070 have been clear for some time, recent data reveals just how seriously the controversy has affected the state’s economy.

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