Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Vetoes Gay-Hate Bill

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I love how the process leading up to this brought out so many GOP stalwarts off the fence to urge her to veto. It can't have failed to make an impression not just on Arizonans but on party leaders and rank-and-filers everywhere else too.
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It appears that the RNC is beginning to realize that demonizing gays is no longer a winning strategy, and that same sex marriage is still a wedge issue, except that now the wedge is pointed in the other direction.
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It's not such a big victory. You can still be fired or prevented from receiving services in Arizona merely for being gay or perceived a gay.
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@ Tom Johnson: It really had nothing to do with fairness or anything like that. It was the risk that the state would become a pariah and any hope for Stupid bowl or doing bidness in Aridzona as poison.
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@4, that's right.
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She only did it because the NFL threatened to move the Super Bowl.

http://deadspin.com/anti-gay-bill-could-…
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Also Texas struck down ME ban.

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It's not so much a victory, as an admission that even the Kookocracy has limits. It saddens me to see AZ make itself a laughingstock. Gay Phoenix has been nothing but pleasant!
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"If Brewer couldn't sign a bill like this, what governor can?"

I'm sure that whack job short-timer in Maine would have had he been sitting in Brewer's chair...
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@6 is correct. And a bunch of companies told them in no uncertain terms what would happen if it became law.
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The ultimate award for craven, political cowardice goes to the three AZ State Senators who voted for the Bill, then asked for it to be vetoed. Their quotes are classic and all amounted to "now that I got caught being a bigot and called out, I realize that this was a mistake."

AKA - sorry for being caught being an asshole, not sorry for being an asshole.
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What governor would sign a bill like this? Look to Kansas.
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"This is a big victory for the LGBT community and a huge defeat for the gay-hating crazies."

I am not sure this is true.

Not only am I not convinced that SB1062 would be markedly worse than the lack of protection that the community already "enjoys", but also all the members of their legislature who wanted it, got the "benefit" of voting in favor, while term-limited Jan Brewer takes "the hit" for vetoing it.

Certainly bigots are choosing which side of history they will inhabit, but given how we do pre-collegiate American history, they will simply fade into the haze of America great then but better now, rather than being individually remembered for their hateful actions.

Ultimately, I think this will only be a thing that is good or bad for the community based on how it is spinned in the next few election cycles.