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February 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Arizona’s anti-gay bill harkens back to Jim Crow

Jerry Falwell

Jerry Falwell (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Arizona’s odious anti-gay “religious freedom” bill would have exempted true believers from state anti-discrimination and other laws if they could argue that compliance would violate their religious beliefs or moral principles. Fortunately, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill Wednesday.

But imagine if that kind of thinking had prevailed 50 years ago, when Congress passed the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. We might still be living in a land of whites-only lunch counters and segregated movie theaters.