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Updated Feb 21, 2014 - 6:17 pm

Final Word: Service refusal bill is Stand Your Ground for bigots

It's advancing, just like you knew it would; the bill from Chandler Legislator Steve Yarbrough.

It's called the Right to Refuse Service bill. Sounds like a real empowering thing, doesn't it?

I remember vividly walking into the True Value Hardware store in my hometown. It was the 1970s and sometimes I got to go in with Dad.

It was right there on Robin Hood street. It smelled like gasoline and gumballs, which was oddly a fantastic combination.

The guys that ran that store were awesome. They always remembered your name and they asked you about how you liked that new set of wiper blades or screen door.

In the window of that store was a sign. I remember reading it.

It said "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone."

I assumed that meant that if a customer was abusive, the clerk could ask him to leave. Those were polite times, weren't they?

I never saw anyone refused service but it was nice to know that there was a sign in the window, informing that potentially impolite guy who DIDN'T like his new screen door, 'We reserve the right to not deal with you."

Here in Arizona, in 2014, it's a different world and we have a law passed by the Legislature that it's authors want you to think is essentially the same thing.

It's called the Right to Refuse Service bill. I call it Stand Your Ground For Bigots.

It's an affirmative-defense type law, like Stand Your Ground in Florida, which allows someone to refuse service to gays and lesbians, and other groups, as long as your discrimination was based in sincerely-held religious beliefs.

Too bad they don't have to be fair, just, and loving. Just sincere.

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Karie Dozer is host of Arizona's Noon News.

She has been an on-air personality nearly continually since her college days. She loves radio because it is intelligent, immediate and almost always available.

She is the youngest of nine children from a Midwestern Catholic family where she learned to be heard, fight for a place at the table and find humor in almost everything. She was hired as a news intern while a senior at ASU's Cronkite School, and found that covering human stories like the OJ Simpson white Bronco chase and the 1992-93 Phoenix Suns was too much fun to pass up.

She loved life in the newsroom with all the action and crazy personalities to go with it. She anchored and covered some sports too, until politics dragged her away. She served as press secretary for Arizona's Attorney General Grant Woods for a five-year stint before jumping back to radio on a part-time basis. Three years ago she got back in the biz on a more regular basis as a midday host on what is now KTAR News. She has a passion for the breaking news of the moment, education, local politics, great food, sports and fitness. She has trouble turning down a good argument, a good book or a good glass of wine.

In her spare time she takes care of her boys, (husband Rich, son Jack, and yellow lab Buddy,) and bakes awesome chocolate chip cookies. She enjoys the quality of life the Valley offers her family and the natural beauty of Arizona. Her favorite places are golf courses, her own kitchen, the city of Flagstaff, and wherever her family is.

She considers herself lucky to work with the amazingly talented people of KTAR radio.

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