PHOENIX–Attorney General Kris Mayes issued the following statement today in response to the US Supreme Court's decision in 303 Creative LLC v. Elenis:
Today, a woefully misguided majority of the United States Supreme Court has decided that businesses open to the public may, in certain circumstances, discriminate against LGBTQ+ Americans. While my office is still reviewing the decision to determine its effects, I agree with Justice Sotomayor – the idea that the Constitution gives businesses the right to discriminate is "profoundly wrong."
Despite today's ruling, Arizona law prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation, including discrimination because of sexual orientation and gender identity. If any Arizonan believes that they have been the victim of discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), national origin, or ancestry in a place of public accommodation, they should file a complaint with my office. I will continue to enforce Arizona's public accommodation law to its fullest extent.
Any Arizonan who believes they have been discriminated against based on their sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity in a place of public accommodation may file a complaint with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office – Division of Civil Rights at www.azag.gov/civil-rights.
The Division of Civil Rights also investigates claims of discrimination in employment, housing, and voting. For more information about the Division of Civil Rights, visit https://www.azag.gov/civil-rights/faq.