Amid all the negative response to Arizona being on the verge of becoming the first state in the union to put into law the ability to discriminate based on one's religious beliefs, "[senators Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce] acknowledge the bill has become a public relations black eye for the state - a development they seem to blame more on those opposed to the bill as the spirit of the legislation itself." --Pressure builds on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto anti-gay bill, Greg Hernandez, gaystarnews.com
If there have been enough people and organizations to put this much pressure on Arizona's politicians to trash SB1062, this suggests to me that legislators are not acting based on the wishes of their constituents, or on what's morally right, but on their own bigotry...otherwise, they would never have created and passed what's been dubbed the "license to discriminate" bill. It has apparently dawned on even a few who voted for the bill, that such a law could enable those who so choose to go down that path, to discriminate against other than just gays and lesbians. Such a bill could potentially erase decades of hard-won rights for a variety of peoples. Least ways, in the state of Arizona.
According to one article dated 2.20.14, Arizona Gov. Brewer had five days to sign or veto the bill. If she does nothing at all, the bill become law automatically (hmmmm ). A later article (2.22.14) indicated she was out of state at the moment. I suppose the Governor has until Thursday if she intends to sign it. Time is ticking...
February 20 2014 7:59 PM ET
Arizona House Passes 'License to Discriminate' Bill
February 22 2014 6:00 AM ET
Phoenix Mayor: Bill Is 'Wrong Direction to Go'