SB1062: Valley couple speaks out in favor of controversial bill

PHOENIX - On Monday, thousands of SB1062 protestors chanted and carried signs promoting "love over hate." 

It's a slogan the Burress family firmly believes, but they're strongly against the rally's overall message.

"The homosexual community will say you need to be tolerant of our lifestyle, but that tolerance is not reciprocated toward the religious community," says Nicole Burress.

She and her husband, Tim, have chosen to stand up in support of SB1062. Tim is a small business owner and says he has a right to refuse service to individuals based on his religious beliefs.

"And all that we would ask is that people would be tolerant enough to allow us to believe what we believe," he says.

Nicole adds this bill isn't just for Christians, but for Muslims, Jews, Atheists, and others.

"What about the humanist, the atheist who wants to be able to rent out their location to different venues? Well, if I want to use that venue for my vacation bible school, shouldn't the atheist the humanist be able to say, oh no, I can't really support what you're doing?" she says.

Opponents of SB1062 argue that freedom is already protected by the U.S. Constitution.  

"But, unfortunately, over the past year, we've seen cases where that wasn't the situation," she explains.

Like a Colorado baker who was sued for not baking a wedding cake for a same-sex couple's wedding.

"In America, that's something I didn't think could happen. So, the hope would be that this bill would protect us from that sort of litigation," she says.

And the Burress' say the cost of defending their religious freedom in court could be devastating to their family of 5.

This family says just like nurses and doctors can opt out of procedures because of religious beliefs, SB1062 would solidify in law the same privilege to people in the business community.

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