Gay Issues

Arizona Pizzeria Refuses To Serve Lawmakers Over Anti-Gay Law

| by Sarah Fruchtnicht

An Arizona pizzeria is reserving its right to refuse service to state lawmakers after the Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved a law that would allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to homosexuals.

Similar to bills that failed in Kansas and Idaho, supporters say the bill preserves religious freedom.

Rocco’s Little Chicago Pizza is taking a stand against Senate Bill 1062.

“As a longtime employer and feeder of the gay community, Rocco's reserves the right to eject any State Senators we see fit to kick out,” the restaurant tweeted on Thursday.

Funny how just being decent is starting to seem radical these says.

— Rocco's Pizzeria (@tucsonpizza) February 21, 2014

"A customer posted the sign to my Facebook feed, so I printed it up and laminated it," owner Anthony Rocco DiGrazia wrote on Facebook Friday. "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. Thanks for all the support."

The bill is now before Republican Gov. Jan Brewer for approval or veto.

Many Arizona business owners, still reeling from boycotts after a controversial anti-illegal-immigration law, are urging Brewer to veto the bill.

Brewery and winery owner Shannon Austin Zouzoulas told the Los Angeles Times that she was shocked the measure was passed. She says the bill is embarrassing.

“It’s crazy and insane and it’s bad,” Zouzoulas, owner of Arizona Hops and Vines, said Friday. “Last night I was just at home and said, ‘You know what, I’m just going to make a stand.’”

She posted the image below on the company's Facebook page with the caption "Arizona Hops and Vines loves ALL our customers!"

Sources:, Mediaite, Los Angeles Times