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George Takei's Open Letter to Arizona Legislatures in Response to Anti-Gay Bill

 
George Takei's Open Letter to Arizona Legislatures in Response to Anti-Gay Bill
Posted February 26th, 2014 @ 4:30pm

George Takei, known for playing Mr. Sulu on the original Star Trek series, responded to Arizona's "anti-gay" bill in a brilliant open letter to the state's lawmakers. Takei compares the discriminatory law to the Jim Crow laws and calls for a boycott of the state if the governor signs the bill it into law.

George writes:

"Dear Arizona, Congratulations. You are now the first state actually to pass a bill permitting businesses -– even those open to the public -– to refuse to provide service to LGBT people based on an individual’s “sincerely held religious belief.” This “turn away the gay” bill enshrines discrimination into the law. Your taxi drivers can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants can refuse to serve us... When I was younger, people used “God’s Will” as a reason to keep the races separate, too.

Make no mistake, this is the new segregation, yours is a Jim Crow law, and you are about to make yourself ground zero."

Read the full letter here.

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