Owners Of Arizona Pizzeria Flex Their Rights


Via Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tuscon, comes an inventive way to protest the hateful discrimination bill approved by the House on Thursday.

Owner Anthony Rocco DiGrazia on why he put up the sign: "The response has been overwhelming and almost all positive from across the globe. I just want to serve dinner and own and work in a place I'm proud of. Opening the door to government-sanctioned discrimination, regardless of why, is a huge step in the wrong direction."

Related, The LA Times reports that, should the bill be signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer, many businesses plan to become vocal in their support of the LGBT community.

Some Arizona business owners, still smarting from boycotts launched after the state passed a sweeping anti-illegal-immigration law, are trying to fend off a possible backlash from a new piece of legislation that has the gay community and its supporters in an uproar.

Some businesses have taken to social media, saying that even if the bill does become law, they will welcome LGBT customers.

Brewer has said that she will decide on the bill by February 28.


  1. Nathan says

    Again, let them have their hate, them them build their walls, let them put themselves into a new dark ages, but we in the normal state of america should also build a wall to keep them from coming up here, and while they figure out ways to legally hate anyone who isn’t white, hetero christian, we will continue to figure out how to make sure we all have healthcare and such. Not sure where this wall will be, but something tells me there is a line we can follow from year past to make a good start of it….

  2. Gerry says

    This law is not only discriminatory, it is EXTREMELY divisive. It only encourages people to try to create their own little bubbles rather than live in the real world. When the rest of the world celebrates diversity you have a bunch of xenophobes digging in for what may very well be their last stand. It is unconscionable that a state legislature would approve such tripe. The chamber of commerce in AZ will have a meltdown if Brewer signs it. It will be interesting to see if she has the wherewithal to do the right thing and save these people from their lunacy and veto this abomination. Otherwise AZ will just waste literally millions of dollars in legal fees defending something which is clearly unconstitutional.

  3. says

    Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizzeria.

    A huge shout out to Anthony Rocco DiGrazia! Thank you for standing against discrimination in a way that let’s the one’s responsible know what it feels like to be on the receiving end.

    Not a good idea. Once a constitutional convention is convened whatever is decided can not be undone. There is no fail safe button. No final override. The anti-government Koch Bros have been working for exactly that scenario. A hidden agenda behind the constant ‘states rights’ refrain is the desire of a few in positions of power to accomplish the breakup of the Union. As when the Soviet Union fell. A new class of oligarchs and multi billionaires was created overnight by appropriating what was once owned by the people into private hands. Manufacturing, shipping, broadcast, munitions, energy, railways, construction, research, medicine, newspapers, internet, the never ending list that went to Putin cronies to create the oligarchical class and the corrupt ‘democracy’ they have there now.

  4. JackFknTwist says

    @ BOOM :

    Point conceded !

    I realize that once the genii is out of the bottle one is subject to the law of unintended consequences.
    Madison was only able to get the original agreement by conceding the slavery point…..otherwise he would never have got agreement from South Carolina.

    The Koch Brothers are are the most contemptible SOB’s in the USA.

  5. MickyFlip says

    I’m certain Jan Brewer is brewing over this. She has to know this is going too far even for her. I can’t see this actually passing. And if it does then it would bode extremely unwell for the state of Arizona. As much as Madame Brewer has disappointed me oftentimes. I’d like to keep hopes up that she does recognize when does a seem bit extreme to the point of tearing the very social fabric in one’s home state. Including Arizona.

    Not to mention cripple the financial stability afforded to the state by taxpayer’s. If that makes any sense?

  6. alex says

    @Nathan: So, your solution is to abandon the oppressed minority that were born into or can’t afford to move out of states like Arizona? What an asinine idea.

    I’m curious: Do you still prescribe isolationism when it affects you? Since the majority of the LG population in the US can’t get married, shouldn’t you be leading the campaign to stop international tourists from visiting the US?

    Doing that makes about as much sense as putting a wall around Arizona.

  7. Stolidog says

    Obviously, the passage of this Arizona law is fantastic for the lgbt community at the national level, because the Supreme Court, when it finally gets the definitive case, will hardly be able to turn a blind eye on this blatant discrimination and it’s incompatibility with the constitution. As painful as these laws are, as a patchwork of them get passed across the country, the Supreme Court won’t be able to hold off on blessing gay marriage nationally for very much longer.
    Obviously, if you substitute black, Mexican, Jews, Muslim, women Indian, etc. etc. etc. into this Arizona law, it us immediately clear that religion on its own does not allow for any kind of discrimination.
    Believe it or not this Arizona law is fantastic for the cause of equality for all.

  8. Lexis says

    Let’s hope some of the Fortune 500 companies that are headquartered in Arizona or who have large scale operations in the state who tout corporate diversity weigh in on this.

    US Airways … PetSmart … Avnet … Intel … American Express, etc. etc. etc.

    Time to speak up!

  9. Gregory in Seattle says

    @Boom! – Actually, we have no idea what would happen if a constitutional convention were called: while the Constitution them, one has never been called in the 227 years since the Constitution was ratified.

    And keep in mind that a convention can only PROPOSE amendments: everything that comes out of one would still have to be ratified by 38 states before it can into effect. I doubt even the Koch bros could sway that much support.

  10. Charles says

    I remember the boycott against Arizona over the state’s refusal to honor Dr. King with a holiday. This latest move is standard operating procedure for them. Bigotry carries the day again, sadly.

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