AZ-Gov. Brewer Vetoes Senseless Gay Discrimination Bill
Matt | On 27, Feb 2014
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer must have read my post yesterday and decided that she wanted to save some of her dignity.
On Wednesday evening, Brewer made a public statement saying she would veto the state’s controversial “religious freedom” bill, also known as SB1062. The legislation was passed by the Arizona State Legislature last week with strong Republican support.
The measure would have given businesses room to refuse service to certain customers if they assumed they were gay — citing religious
hatred freedom as the source. Opponents, and most of the logical general public, were concerned that people could use this power to discriminate unfairly and potentially against other groups. Could you imagine an unwed mother being denied service at a clinic because she engaged in premarital sex? That might be an extreme case, but it’s worth bringing up.
I am glad Gov. Brewer found her wits and vetoed the bill. It is still questionable why it took her so long to do so. In the presser, she said that she carefully considered all sides and spoke with lawmakers, businesses, and the general public. But, the bill was stupid from the outset. I don’t need a team meeting to know the difference between what is right and what is lunacy.
Sadly, other states are or have considered their own versions of the “religious freedom” bill — including Kansas, Georgia, Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma. Ohio dropped theirs on Wednesday shortly before Brewer’s announcement out of Phoenix. Kansas’s effort is dying in their state Senate. I hope more states follow suit.