CNN’s Chris Cuomo got into a heated debate with Catholic League President Bill Donohue Thursday over the veto of Arizona's Religious Freedom bill.
“Where are the examples of gays being discriminated against?” Donohue asked. “If they’re so discriminated against how come they make more money than straight people on average?”
“Is somebody being denied at Applebee’s getting a hamburger? Where are these examples of gay people being persecuted?” he added.
“Under the law in Arizona, there is no special protection of the LGBT community, so a business member, if he wanted to or she wanted to, could discriminate without violation,” Cuomo said. “That’s why the law was unnecessary. Do you get that?”
"Can you enumerate for me examples of gay people in Arizona who are having their rights violated by people of faith?” Donohue asked.
“Can you point out a business that was made a substantial burden religiously because of what they had to do vis-a-vis a gay person?” Cuomo replied.
Donohue was unable to come up with a single example. He argued that forcing Arizona citizens to do things that are against their faith is one step away from government forcing churches to perform gay marriage ceremonies. He said gay marriage leads us down a path in which brothers and sisters and other incestuous relationships will earn the right to marry.
“The bigger proposition is, why do you want do discriminate against gays?” Cuomo said at the segment’s conclusion. “You say, ‘We don’t, as individuals. Only the marriages bother us.’ But that’s the same thing. Because their right as an individual is to marry.”
“You do not own marriage," he told Donohue. "It was not developed by Christians. It is a civil situation. It’s secular. If they are equal, they have equal rights.”