If not for the fact that SB-1062 is such a hideous bill, you could almost feel sorry for the politically tone deaf state Senator Al Melvin here.
With no facts or reasons to support the bill, he digs a deeper and deeper hole the more he talks, especially when he states that "discrimination doesn't exist in Arizona."
Anderson Cooper interviews Arizona state senator Al Melvin Monday night regarding the state's proposed legislation to allow businesses to exercise their religious freedom to discriminate against LGBT citizens.
Melvin insisted, "It's nothing more and nothing less than protecting religious freedom in our state."
Cooper noted how Arizona doesn't expressly prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, and grilled Melvin on why, then, they would need to reaffirm a right that isn't under threat in the state in the first place.
Cooper asked, "Can you give me a specific example of someone in Arizona who's been forced to do something against their religious belief or successfully sued because of their faith?"
Melvin said he could not, arguing the bill is "preemptive."
Watch the interview below.