The bill passed the state Senate last week with a vote of 17-13 which in turn landed it right in Brewer's lap. As soon as it did the bill and Arizona came under immediate and justified scrutiny.
The outcry against the bill was so immediate and intense that it caused both state Republican senators, Jeff Flake and John McCain to call on Brewer to veto it.
If that wasn't enough major corporations like Marriott, Apple and Delta & American Airlines all wrote to the governor and expressed their opposition as well.
Hell, even the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee (the Super Bowl is set to be held in Glendale, Ariz. in 2015) came out against SB 1062, stating that passing the bill would deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential.
So when Brewer took to the podium and vetoed the bill it came as no surprise to anyone. In her prepared statement she declared that the bill had "the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve,". When she was done she was peppered by the press with questions but instead of answering any she hastily retreated without saying a word.
That's all well and good but when you boil it down we all know that it came down to the fact that Brewer would rather take the political hit of kowtowing to the whims of the evil "gay mafia" as opposed to costing her state a massive sum of money.
|Arizonans celebrate the veto of SB106|
It's not over.
Here are a list of the other States Considering frighteningly similar "Religious Freedom" Bills:
GEORGIA: The Preservation of Religious Freedom Act
HAWAII: HB 1624
IDAHO: HB 427
KANSAS: HB 2453
MAINE: LD 1428
MISSISSIPPI: SB 2681
MISSOURI: SB 916
OKLAHOMA: SB 1846
OHIO: HB 376
OREGON: In November the Friends of Religious Freedom introduced this ballot measure
SOUTH DAKOTA: SB 128
TENNESSEE: SB 2566
...and just for good measure Ted Cruz and his little buddy Sen. Mike Lee just introduced a bill to stop “The Obama Administration" from ‘forcing gay marriage on all 50 states’!
Stay tuned and stay alert because the right wingers, the Tea Partiers, the Republicans and the religious zealots are no where near done with their fight against the changing times. These are the death throes of a massive terrified beast that knows it is well on it's way out and wants to take down as may of us as it can with it. Unsegregated schools, interracial marriage, a black president, legalized marijuana, gay marriage... It is too much for them and it's only speeding up. The more diverse and harmonious this world becomes the angrier and hate filled and desperate they become. It's time for their kind to go gentle into that good night... Unfortunately for us they are going kicking and screaming.