The bill in Arizona was, thankfully, vetoed. But it's not going to be the last time a bill like this is introduced. The next stage of the struggle for equal rights is coming.
Governor Jan Brewer's moment of sanity notwithstanding, the sad spectacle of Arizona's SB 1062 is simply further proof that the GOP's obsession with bashing gays and regulating uteruses is itself impeding job growth in the states Republicans control.
It feels like at least every week, we're expected to believe that Republicans have learned their lesson about the dangers of embracing extremism. But is the lesson ever actually learned?
And even though Governor Jan Brewer wisely vetoed the bill, it reminds us that for every inch gained in the fight for true freedom and equality in a country that pretends to cherish both, it only takes one act like this to set us back a mile.
Your religious "right" to refuse service to gays and lesbians? Actually, no. ...
SB 1062 in Arizona was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer! But not everyone is so happy about it. Amidst the hatred, there was actually more entertaining hatred found on Twitter.
Even when Republicans weren't shooting at their own feet this week, it appears they were conducting a circular firing squad instead. The 2014 campaign, in other words, is off to a raucous start... and it's only February.
When the rights of any person are stripped away by law and the church, all suffer. People who identify as sexual and gender minorities in Uganda will be martyred and we will later ask why we did nothing.
What does anti-LGBT legislation in Arizona and Kansas have to do with a pair of Supreme Court cases out of Oklahoma and Pennsylvania challenging the Affordable Care Act? Quite a lot.
Let's take a moment and celebrate, this is a victory for equality and another fight lost by the Christian Right. Yet this fight is far from over. Many other states are attempting to pass similar measures, some even harsher than Arizona's.
Because if you happened to be the sort of prick who would say to someone, "I won't serve you because you're gay," you'd now have to deal with possible repercussions, such as someone saying to you, "I won't serve you because you're an asshole."
In the minds of those who supported this bill, their Christian faith demands that they refuse service to people they believe to be sinners. Well, what if refusing to serve sinners were in fact a Christian ethic? Would that change the teaching and actions of Jesus? And if so, how?
It's clear that this bill isn't about religious liberties. It's about corporations who want a license to discriminate against people by denying services, taking away birth control coverage, and blocking access to health care. If Governor Jan Brewer can see that this is way too extreme, surely the U.S. Supreme Court can, too.
Even today, without S.B. 1062, businesses can still turn away LGBT customers in the 86 Arizona municipalities that do not have any LGBT protections on the books. Nevertheless, this fact seems lost in the media and among LGBT activists.