Alex Wagner: Arizona Religious Freedom Law Like ‘Jim Crow Laws’ for Gays

On Monday, the host and guests on MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow Daily discussed a proposal in Kansas to allow teachers and parents to spank children in their care, a proposal which did not pass a legislative committee.

During that conversation, Now host Alex Wagner steered the conversation back toward a proposed law in Arizona which would make it legal for businesses to refuse service to gays and lesbians if it violates a business owner’s religious beliefs. She equated that law to “Jim Crow laws,” with the distinction that it was discriminating on the basis of sexual preference and not skin color.

I think that it’s deeply worrisome that this is even something that’s being suggested,” Wagner said. “If you substitute the sexual orientation for skin color, these are Jim Crow laws.”

She added that the debate surrounding gay marriage laws is evolving from one about “federalism” to one of “equality,” suggesting that civil rights legislation aimed at nationalizing the issue of anti-gay discrimination may be necessary in the same way that racial discrimination as outlawed by Congress.

Watch the clip below via MSNBC:

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