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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Gay-Hate Bill

Posted by on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 4:50 PM

Saying that it "creates more problems than it purports to solve," and arguing that it "does not address a specific concern related to religious liberty," Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed Senate Bill 1062, which would have made it legal to discriminate against gay, lesbian, and trans people on the basis of religious liberty. Brewer also scolded legislators for making this bill a priority before addressing more pressing needs.

This is a big victory for the LGBT community and a huge defeat for the gay-hating crazies. It's not like Brewer is particularly evolved. She's not. But she caved to the political and economic pressure nonetheless. If Brewer couldn't sign a bill like this, what governor can? And that might be enough of message to discourage other legislatures from even trying.


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TomJohnsonJr 1
I love how the process leading up to this brought out so many GOP stalwarts off the fence to urge her to veto. It can't have failed to make an impression not just on Arizonans but on party leaders and rank-and-filers everywhere else too.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on February 26, 2014 at 4:54 PM · Report this
It appears that the RNC is beginning to realize that demonizing gays is no longer a winning strategy, and that same sex marriage is still a wedge issue, except that now the wedge is pointed in the other direction.
Posted by Clayton on February 26, 2014 at 4:59 PM · Report this
It's not such a big victory. You can still be fired or prevented from receiving services in Arizona merely for being gay or perceived a gay.
Posted by Weekilter on February 26, 2014 at 5:45 PM · Report this
@ Tom Johnson: It really had nothing to do with fairness or anything like that. It was the risk that the state would become a pariah and any hope for Stupid bowl or doing bidness in Aridzona as poison.
Posted by Weekilter on February 26, 2014 at 5:48 PM · Report this
TomJohnsonJr 5
@4, that's right.
Posted by TomJohnsonJr on February 26, 2014 at 6:00 PM · Report this
She only did it because the NFL threatened to move the Super Bowl.…
Posted by TheBadSeed131313 on February 26, 2014 at 6:16 PM · Report this

Also Texas struck down ME ban.

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 26, 2014 at 6:57 PM · Report this
It's not so much a victory, as an admission that even the Kookocracy has limits. It saddens me to see AZ make itself a laughingstock. Gay Phoenix has been nothing but pleasant!
Posted by pat L on February 26, 2014 at 7:26 PM · Report this
sperifera 9
"If Brewer couldn't sign a bill like this, what governor can?"

I'm sure that whack job short-timer in Maine would have had he been sitting in Brewer's chair...
Posted by sperifera on February 26, 2014 at 7:46 PM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
@6 is correct. And a bunch of companies told them in no uncertain terms what would happen if it became law.
Posted by Will in Seattle on February 26, 2014 at 8:44 PM · Report this
The ultimate award for craven, political cowardice goes to the three AZ State Senators who voted for the Bill, then asked for it to be vetoed. Their quotes are classic and all amounted to "now that I got caught being a bigot and called out, I realize that this was a mistake."

AKA - sorry for being caught being an asshole, not sorry for being an asshole.
Posted by nullbull on February 26, 2014 at 8:50 PM · Report this
What governor would sign a bill like this? Look to Kansas.
Posted by Charlie Mas on February 27, 2014 at 6:02 AM · Report this

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