Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Has Vetoed Anti-Gay Bill

Arizona  Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed the anti-gay bill.   We fought it, and won!

Why it took so long to do the correct thing is a mystery to those with any common sense and political courage.  There was never a time she was going to sign this once corporations started threatening Arizona’s economy.  You can always count on a Republican to think with their wallet.  And that is a battleground so easy to fight them on with many issues.  I wish, however, Brewer would have been driven by moral convictions when it came to this bill, and would have been able to stand with those who fight for gay civil rights.

But in the end this bill was vetoed and that is the most important thing.

7 thoughts on “Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Has Vetoed Anti-Gay Bill

  1. jhosk

    I love that observation that ” you can always count on a Republican to think with his/her wallet.” Is so true. You can be sure the governor was partial to the contents of the bill and approved its implementation, but would not dare risk losing the Super Bowl nor risk subjecting the state to other draconian economic consequences.

  2. Tom,

    She did the right thing only after playing this for all it was worth, and for what end? You or I would have stated before the vote was held that this matter would be vetoed. She did not, and only when the economic reality set in did she bend. This blog is called CP for a reason–I call them as I see them.

  3. tom

    First of all, I would never have allowed this to go so far. The Arizona legislature should never attempted such a foolish act. (I would, however, add that if a wedding photographer felt uncomfortable taking pictures at a gay wedding or party for religious reasons, the decent thing to do would be to move on.)

    However, I think you go too far to pretend that she did not act as quickly as she could. As a servant of the public, a governor should listen to all parties involved, not just always act without regard to the will of the people as expressed by their representatives. For a politician to go against the will of the people is a terrible thing and should never be done lightly or quickly. I don’t imagine your time working in the legislature really makes you an expert in the concerns or timeframe of decision making a governor has to employ.

    I agree that in this case, there was overwhelming economic pressure for her to do the right thing, but I’m sure it is never that simple. But if you think democrats don’t think with their wallets you are willfully ignoring reality, just as jhosk is. What democrat would pay for his own charity when he could just get the tax-payer to do it for him? What democratic politician will ignore the will of the unions? Money is everywhere in human thinking..

    Lastly, there is of course the matter of sportsmanship here. There used to be a time when two teams who battled on the field and often hated each other would do the classy thing and remark about the good game the other side put up. It was an important piece of etiquette that ran deeply through all aspects of American Culture. In this case it would be better to congratulate Brewer on her decision so that it might be easier for her and others to make the right decision in the future. The only lesson on civics we learn from CP is that there is no forgiveness so why flippin bother?

  4. But Tom you seem to forget that at Brewer’s core she is a bigot. Let us not forget her actions against Hispanic and Latinos in her state.

    I might also add that one does not need time to make up one’s mind about discrimination. Would she have needed time to consider had this bill been about Jews or the Irish? Why do you allow her cover for needing time when it comes to discrimination against gay people?

    I love when folks compromise in government, but there was nothing but ugly and meanness that came with the vote and the outcome from the AZ legislature. To pretend that was not the case, or that Brewer did not give service to the bigotry by not taking action at once only presents this as just another bill on any old issue. It was not just another bill, it was really quite vile.

  5. tom

    I try to avoid speculating about what might be at the core of another person. Perhaps this is why I don’t see gay people in the way I saw them 25 years ago. Or, as Nick tells us in The Great Gatsby, reserving judgment is a matter of infinite hope.

    Either way, thanks taking the time to respond.

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