Arizona Republicans Get Cold Feet on Bill Seen as Anti-Gay

The lawmakers previously supported the bill, which would allow businesses to deny service to gay couples for religious reasons

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Three Republican lawmakers in Arizona backed away Monday from their support for legislation that has been fiercely criticized as anti-gay, urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the bill they had previously backed.

The lawmakers said in a letter to Brewer that the bill, which would allow businesses to deny services to gays based on their religious beliefs, had been “mischaracterized,” the Los Angeles Times reports. Brewer has until Friday to decide whether to sign or veto the bill after it passed the legislature last week.

“While our sincere intent in voting for this bill was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has instead been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance. These allegations are causing our state immeasurable harm,” wrote Arizona state Sens. Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, and Bob Worsley. “As Arizona leaders, we feel it is important to loudly proclaim that we strongly condemn discrimination in any form.”

Critics of the bill, which also include the state’s U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, have been urging the governor to veto the bill. The state Senator who introduced the bill is standing by it, the Times reports. “The religious beliefs of all Arizonans must be respected, and this bill does nothing more than affirm that,” Republican state Sen. Steve Yarbrough said.

[Los Angeles Times]

19 comments
wrp136
wrp136

The Bigots' Credo;

Refusing to serve gays is Freedom of Religion;

Refusing to serve Christians is Religious Persecution....

CrossWinds
CrossWinds

When John the Baptist rebuked the immorality of his day, he was beheaded.......


Luke 7:24.........


24 After John’s disciples left, Jesus began talking about him to the crowds. “What kind of man did you go into the wilderness to see? Was he a weak reed, swayed by every breath of wind?

RoyShastid
RoyShastid

To  Arizona state Sens. Adam Driggs, Steve Pierce, and Bob Worsley.....here's your sign !

austintexas61
austintexas61

Those religious zealots who pathetically claim that this Arizona anti- gay bill is not about discrimination, but only religious freedom,  are delusional.  It's scary that legislators in that state are trying to rationalize that it's o.k. to discriminate against gays (and potentially others) because of religious beliefs.  They actually think that it's o.k.   These are scary times.

neila
neila

Breaking news: A bill supporting religious intolerance is characterized as a bill supporting religious intolerance. Bill sponsors express shock and dismay. Story at 11.

timelyreader
timelyreader

Amazing that religion is obssessed with sex in various forms and how people fall for it hook, line and sinker. Overall religion is the very epitome of vulgarity, selfisheness, hate, divisiveness and domination. It is one of the most vile phenomenon that happened to life on earth that satisfies the adage while God may have made man, man definitely created religion.

One religion, stoutly defends sex abuse within its institutions, and the other routinely wants to kill everyone who do not believe in the same invisible being. The latter trait is also a more hidden and sophisticatedly couched part of the former. The custodian of the former is under attack simply because he wants to open up these issues for debate.

Add to this a land that was occupied by decimating a race, not ordinarily, but in a brutal fashion and systematically so, and then advocating human rights all over the world, deserves a degree of kudos in raising hypocrisy to an art form. Did I forget slavery, and its after effects?

And we expect happiness, contentment with all this animosity around. Did I forget hate?

RicardoRivera
RicardoRivera

I suggest this governor use his veto power if not this will get ugly. Shameful is not the only word to describe this type of bigotry! Ignorance, hypocrites, racist, stupidity, and the lack of common sense is disgusting bordering on the need for drug testing to see why the GOP has lost their damn mind. I blame the voter's of these politicians who seem to be living on another planet. I hope those voter's who haven't lost their damn mind will take control of this nonsense in Arizona and vote them out while is needed to repeal this law that clearly will need repealing if it happens. I expect this will end up in court and I expect the judge will have the sense to end this. No matter if you a democrat or a republican this is stupid! You can't support the GOP when they stand for this type of bigotry show me democrats who are passing these type of laws. They don't exist..

IbcinguToo
IbcinguToo

Trust me, there's A LOT of people here in AZ who want these whackos OUT of AZ government -- from Gov. Brewer right on down the line.  The more they do stuff like this the less likely people are to vote for them in the next elections.  Our main problem is --- this is a RED STATE --- and until we get it over to blue, we're going to have a lot more crap like this going on based on the stupid GOP's mindset.



SamLitvin
SamLitvin

What if those religious beliefs dictate tolerance? Will you protect those? Or only those that speak of bigotry, in that case you may want to allow Sharia law that allows killing in the name of religion to be respected. 

Openminded1
Openminded1

Arizona the home of moron politicians, racist, snakes, lizards, scorpions , intense summer heat, and a sheriff in phoenix all of which are danger to the public, to include citizens and tourist. Stay out of Arizona , unless you have to pass through to get to a neighboring state.

turk2862
turk2862

@RicardoRivera  Governor is a woman.  She can be nuts, but this bill is probably even too whacko for her to sign.  I bet she vetoes.

fafoxy11772
fafoxy11772

@IbcinguToo  I live in Arizona also, and I'm absolutely opposed to this stupid bill, but I certainly don't want to see the state turn bluer than it already is.  It's already too blue for my political tastes.  One can be a Republican and still be opposed to this bill on principle.

TimeThoughts
TimeThoughts

@Openminded1  I live in Arizona. I'm constantly finding scorpions in my living room, a gila monster (lizard) ate the nest of baby bunnies I was videotaping, and a snake bit my dog and nearly bit me. I don't mind them, they were here first and I respect their importance in this ecosystem. The legislators (and a certain sheriff) in Phoenix I can do without. They add no value to the state and only bring embarrassment and conflict to our state. Let's hope the more conservative folks that vote them in realize just how awful they are and don't let them back in the door.

fafoxy11772
fafoxy11772

@Openminded1  I moved from Long Island here to southern Arizona 2 years ago, and I love it here.  I haven't seen any snakes or lizards, although I would like to, and I haven't seen any scorpions at all, which I am very thankful for.  And OUR County Sheriff here in Pinal County, Paul Babeau, is openly gay. :)

fafoxy11772
fafoxy11772

@turk2862  She vetoed a similar bill last year, and 90% of the people who have spoken about this bill in public want her to veto the bill, so I think it's a pretty good guess that she will veto it, as she should.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@TimeThoughts @Openminded1  Well i see there are some people in Arizona with  a good sense humor and some real intelligence bravo to you TT. I hope the dog recovered, and the gila monster got sick to his or her stomach after eating the bunnies. And if Arizona citizens with IQ's above 79 get lucky  maybe a scorpion might bight a few of your dumb ass politicians.

Openminded1
Openminded1

@fafoxy11772 @Openminded1  Yes I heard about your sheriff, but he is not a bad guy unlike is counterpart in maricopa county. It is time for the dumb ass senior citizens of that county to wake up from their comas and retire this ego tv camera loving dino.

JustinEiler
JustinEiler

@fafoxy11772 I lived in AZ for a few years--Tucson and Sierra Vista. Absolutely loved it, but I did see plenty of lizards, a few snakes, and one scorpion. However, I must admit that the last few years in the Arizona legislature (and in the Maricopa county sheriff's office), have made me more than a little nervous about moving back there.


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