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SB 1062 backlash: Woman denied service speaks out

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One valley woman has first-hand experience with being denied service based on sexual preference.  Aeimee Diaz was asked to leave a restaurant after kissing her girlfriend at the time.

We reported this story when it happened on February 26, 2012 -- a restaurant owner asked the same-sex couple to leave after other customers said they didn't like what they were seeing.

Diaz says she fears Senate Bill 1062 -- if it's passed, it would allow this to happen to many other people across Arizona.

"It really doesn't make any sense to me.  It doesn't make sense to me at all," said Diaz, who is a Mesa resident.

Diaz made headlines when she and her then-girlfriend were kicked out of the downtown Phoenix restaurant after sharing a kiss on their anniversary.

"We hadn't ordered any drinks or any food.  We had just gotten there and just sat down when he came over to us and soon enough -- asked us to leave," she said.

Diaz says it's a scenario that could play out again across the state if SB 1062 is signed into law.

"I don't understand the reasoning behind it.  And I think a lot of people seem to be upset and they have every right to be upset."

She has taken part in some of the rallies against the bill at the State Capitol and says she wouldn't wish her experience of being denied service to anyone.

"And these individuals who are saying yes -- you know what, I don't want to serve this person for this reason -- I would love for them to experience some injustice.  So they can experience what equality is really about.. and what love is really about."

The corporate owners of the restaurant apologized and re-trained employees after the incident involving Aeimee.  She says after the story got out, she received overwhelming support from across the country.

FOX 10's continuing coverage of SB 1062: myfoxphoenix.com/sb1062

 

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