Let’s have one last look at this pesky little issue that seems to have rendered Arizona’s divided ‘Pubs into even more frenzied incoherence than usual.
Ending a day that cast a glaring national spotlight on Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gay men, lesbians and other people on religious grounds.
Her action came amid mounting pressure from Arizona business leaders, who said the bill would be a financial disaster for the state and would harm its reputation. Prominent members of the Republican establishment, including Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, also sided with the bill’s opponents, who argued that the measure would have allowed people to use religion as a fig leaf for prejudice. — NYTimes
Pause here and consider — Florida’s own Gov Dickwithears as the voice of reason. This is an unprecedented development. We’ll return to events in the Nation’s Dicktip momentarily.
After the bill passed the Legislature and set off a national uproar, tourists and business travelers started directing hundreds of calls and emails to the Arizona Lodging and Tourism Association, a trade group, telling that they would never again visit the state if the measure was approved. A growing list of companies — Apple Inc., American Airlines, Intel — added their voices, some with threats to withdraw business from the state if the measure became law.
Add to this the NFL, which made noises about seeking alternative sites for the 2015 Superbowl.
“I don’t give a damn about dykes kissing each other — hell, I watch that shit all the time on line in my office,” one business executive told reporters, requesting anonymity, but identifying himself as a ‘God-fearing American and solid Red-State Republican.’ “But when you’re talking about costing me business, that’s another story entirely.”
Ms. Brewer spent all day in her office parsing the measure with her director of legislative affairs and other senior members of her staff, and then speaking to legislators and business leaders. One of them was Steve Pierce, a Republican state senator who voted for the measure, approved on a 17-to-13 party line vote, and then regretted it, joining two colleagues in a letter to the governor urging her to reject the bill.
“I made a mistake,” he said in an interview. “At this time,” he went on, a veto “is the best thing the governor can do for Arizona.
So let’s see — it took Bachmann/ Palin look-alike Jan Brewer an entire day to un-do what her own party’s majorities in both houses first passed, then desperately lobbied against under pressure from big-moneyed interests. “Nobody here cares about fucking over the fags,” one staffer said, dismissively. “Or anybody else, for that matter. If we could figure out to sell illegal immigrants for fertilizer or fuel, we’d do that, too. This was all about what’s important: MONEY. You’d suppose even the Tea Party ‘Tards would know that by now.”
But back in the Gunshine State, not much has changed:
Fearing same-sex couples may soon be allowed to wed in Florida, conservative activists have filed a motion in Miami-Dade Circuit Court defending the 2008 state law that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman.
“Inasmuch as marriage is the legal union of only one man and one woman as husband and wife, no other legal union that is treated as marriage or the substantial equivalent thereof shall be valid or recognized,” according to the motion filed Tuesday.
The Liberty Counsel motion is on behalf of several other conservative groups including Florida Family Action, People United to Lead the Struggle for Equality and Florida Democratic League.– Miami Hurled
More conservative ‘Pubs expressing their faith in small government and individual liberties by deploying the judicial activism they detest and deplore. Evidently the Arizona Epiphany didn’t waft this far southeast. Perhaps Gov Dickwithears will interfere in his OWN state next. Wanna bet? #wrongsideofhistory