Discrimination or religious freedom in Arizona: Iowans react
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Cynthia and Amy Woodhouse have been together since before Iowa recognized same-sex marriage. Now they're married with a two-year-old son.
"We've been really fortunate because we met, live, work, and raise our family in Iowa City and the Cedar Rapids corridor," said Cynthia, who lives in North Liberty.
While she says she hasn't faced much discrimination here she knows that's not the case for all same sex couples. It saddens her to see Arizona in the headlines today as the governor considers whether to sign or veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve lesbians and gays --or anyone else -- as long it's based on religious beliefs.
"It's disheartening that there's so much disagreement it's impact on that state, not only on LGBT couple but on the economy," said Cynthia.
Other Iowans who were willing to speak on camera agree.
"I think public accommodation should be made to every member of the public regardless of their background, religious affiliation, any of those things," said Bill Nicholson, Cedar Rapids.
"It's good for Iowa because it shows for Arizona is still in about the 19th century," said Bob Rush, Cedar Rapids.
But on the other side, there are many who support Arizona's religious freedom bill.
"Religious freedom is out first right mentioned in our bill of rights," said Chuck Hurley, Vice President of The Family Leader. "The fathers came to America, most of them, for religious liberty."
Now people here in Iowa -- and around the country -- are watching to see what happens. Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has until Saturday to act or it automatically becomes law.
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