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Arizona Governor Takes Away State Domestic Partner Benefits
Says 'God Has Placed Me in This Powerful Position'

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has eliminated state domestic partner benefits a year after they were implemented, the Arizona Daily Star reports:

Brewer "A bill signed by Gov. Jan Brewer redefined a 'dependent,' canceling the rule change made by Gov. Janet Napolitano that allowed domestic partners to receive benefits. Also eliminated are children of domestic partners, full-time students ages 23-24 and disabled adult dependents. The legislation is in legal review. About 800 state employees are affected, according to the state's administration department...Liz Sawyer, a UA staff member, said the exclusion is 'deplorable and it's tragic.' Sawyer is a spokeswoman for OUTReach, a staff group that lobbies for domestic-partner benefits at UA. Last year 170 UA employees signed up for domestic-partner benefits, she said. Forty were same-sex couples and the remainder were unmarried, opposite-sex couples, she said."

Did God tell Brewer to do it?

"Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday that she believes 'God has placed me in this powerful position as Arizona's governor' to help the state weather its troubles. In a wide-ranging speech on the role of religion in politics and in her life, Brewer detailed to a group of pastors of the Missouri Synod of the Lutheran Church how she relies on her faith and in prayer to deal with many of the issues she faces as the state's chief executive. Brewer also said there are times when, during a meeting with staffers, one will suggest praying about an issue. ... But Brewer also said she recognizes the difference between bringing her faith to the office and having an 'agenda.' ... 'The problem with having a political agenda is that we give the impression that we have God's truth,' the governor said. 'We think we can convert God's truth into a political platform, a set of political issues, and that there is 'God's way' in our politics,' Brewer continued. 'I don't believe that for a moment, any more than you believe that God's way is exclusively the Lutheran way.' The governor said, though, she believes it is right — if not inevitable — that elected officials bring their faith to their offices."


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    Posted by: Bobby | Sep 18, 2009 10:53:08 AM

  2. gag is right.

    Posted by: Fabulance | Sep 18, 2009 10:56:38 AM

  3. These people and this one in particular are such PIGS!

    Posted by: Kevin | Sep 18, 2009 10:57:16 AM

  4. Disgusting in every way. Has she never read the 1st Amendment? So, her 'god' put her in this 'powerful position', not the voters of Arizona? Hopefully, the will be in the position to take her out of it.

    Posted by: Jason | Sep 18, 2009 11:00:41 AM







    Posted by: Derek Washington | Sep 18, 2009 11:07:16 AM

  6. Yes it was God, not the voters...

    Like GOD has time to worry about who the hell is running Arizona???? Jeez.. The arrogance of that comment alone makes my blood boil.

    Posted by: Darren | Sep 18, 2009 11:16:19 AM

  7. To be fair, the voters didn't put her in that position. She inherited it when Janet abandoned us to join Obama's cabinet.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 18, 2009 11:18:44 AM


    Posted by: Auntie_Dogma | Sep 18, 2009 11:27:09 AM

  9. I can't believe what I just read. I live in Canada and sometimes take for granted that I have the opportunity to get married.

    I was suppose to plan a trip to AZ this winter... if she's still in office, I throw her a Canadian snowball.

    Posted by: Rowing_Canada | Sep 18, 2009 11:28:29 AM

  10. Somebody please send Kanye to God and argue this woman's designation.

    Posted by: Cristián | Sep 18, 2009 11:37:08 AM

  11. This isn't a theocracy! I'm really tired of having to respect other peoples views and then they try to have a say MY life. Sad day for government in Arizona. Although i remain positive for the future.

    Posted by: AmazinGrowth | Sep 18, 2009 11:39:16 AM

  12. This is SO very frighteningly disturbing. It actually put chills down my spine. At least she is OVERTLY a bigot, and not COVERTLY one; we know what we are up against.

    Posted by: Jeff | Sep 18, 2009 11:41:21 AM

  13. I just hope that for these self righteous conservative religious fanatics (who are not spiritual by the way because to be spiritual you need to be a peaceful person not a person who promotes hate) time is running out because there will soon come a day when the more progressive people of this nation and the world, will get fed up with these nutheads ruining it for the rest of us. I think you can only get away with preaching hate and intolerance for so long until the rest of the population with common sense gets tired of this religious crusade. It didn't work in the 17th Century and it wont work now.

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 18, 2009 11:43:13 AM

  14. Hey Brewer, God's on the phone, he says you are a douche bag.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | Sep 18, 2009 11:44:37 AM

  15. Google Arizona governer and e mail her. Say you live in maricopa county and put in zip code 85023. Let her know she's not a Christian. She's an opportunist. Let her know god is watching and he thinks she's a moron.
    These bible beaters need to be called out not as unamerican, that means nothing to them- they think they own America, but as un Christian. In the middle east, where they have the same religious nuts trying to drag us back to the dark ages, the only thing that works is calling out thier behavior as anti-Muslim. We have to be relentless in pointing out that war, discrimination, and bigotry are anti-Christian.
    There are millions of people who think Jesus would support the NRA. Who think Jesus would ride with soldiers in humvees in Iraq. And who think Jesus would let children rot in foster care rather than be adopted by a loving gay couple. I'm not religious but it's time we take Jesus back from these assholes. Religion has historically been the only means for an ideology based minority to exert power over the masses. If we want to change the world we have to start there.

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 18, 2009 11:45:35 AM

  16. What a horrid, scumbag God she has.

    Posted by: Olive Yurdich | Sep 18, 2009 11:46:19 AM

  17. I'm actually more offended that she reneged the rights of children and disabled dependents. If God is telling her that disabled offspring are not worthy of healthcare, when they typically need more of it than anyone else in the family, then her God is not a just one.

    Posted by: AED | Sep 18, 2009 11:50:16 AM

  18. She has a point. During the feudal age, monarchs claimed that God made them a ruler because they were born into their position. Brewer is obviously descended from Marie Antoinette, so to bring her historical arc full circle, does anyone have a guillotine they want to rent me for an afternoon?

    Posted by: MikeMick | Sep 18, 2009 11:57:38 AM

  19. My partner talked about going to AZ for vacation. Ain't happening now. God told me to avoid a state with a crazy bitch running it.

    Posted by: bozemanmontana | Sep 18, 2009 12:05:10 PM

  20. What ever happened to Separation of Church and State? This governor should be impeached!

    Posted by: Andrea NYC | Sep 18, 2009 12:07:53 PM

  21. Did this cunt also ban ALL Red Lobsters (as eating shellfish is also an abomination in the bible) and is she instating a policy of stoning adulterers?..doubtful.

    CUNT! Goddamn holier-than-thou Jeebus freak brainwashed CUNT!

    Posted by: Dennis | Sep 18, 2009 12:11:20 PM

  22. What happened to Seperation of Church and State? Impeach this governor!

    Posted by: Andrea NYC | Sep 18, 2009 12:13:52 PM

  23. From what I understand, John McCain (AZ) is for domestic partner benefits. ( I know, surprising but true.) You can send him an email asking him to speak against this at......

    Posted by: cali | Sep 18, 2009 12:15:16 PM

  24. the voters didn't pick her for governor

    She was sec of state (AZ has no lt gov) and the 1st in line to replace Napolitano when obama tapped her for an administration job.

    The repub replaced the DEM and at least was not voted in as governor by the people

    Posted by: jimmyboyo | Sep 18, 2009 12:18:33 PM

  25. Hey Crispy,

    Thanks. I had totally forgotten about that.

    So is it Janet N who is God or Obama for promoting Janet N? :)

    Posted by: Darren | Sep 18, 2009 12:21:33 PM

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