ICYMI, Arizona's legislature recently passed a disgusting bill that allows business owners to turn away gay customers on the basis of religious views. In reponse, Star Trek actor and openly gay LGBT advocate George Takei posted an open letter on his blog expressing his disdain with the bill as well as calling for a boycott.
"Your taxi drivers can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants can refuse to serve us," he wrote. Takei also mentions that he has close personal ties to Arizona—his husband, Brad Altman, was born in the state's capitol, Phoenix.
"It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon," Takei says.
Takei recalls a boycott imposed on Arizona when they refused to acknowledge Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 1989. The aftermath comprised of widespread boycotts, including the National Football League moving their little event called the Super Bowl to Pasadena, California.
Takei ends his essay saying, "if our appeals to equality, fairness, and our basic right to live in a civil society without doors being slammed in our face for being who we are don’t move you, I’ll bet a big hit to your pocketbook and state coffers will."
[via The Huffington Post]