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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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  1. She is up for re-election next year, and you can bet your bottom dollar I'll be busting my ass to get her outta office.

    Best-case scenario: Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon (who is Democrat and pro-gay, though a bit of an alcoholic) runs for governor and wins. Vice Mayor Tom Semplot (who is gay and my neighbor) becomes mayor of Phoenix.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 18, 2009 12:35:14 PM

  2. She looks like she should be flogging cheap jewelry on QVC in that horrible outfit.

    Posted by: sjorgl | Sep 18, 2009 12:43:44 PM

  3. As if God would really want Jan. I wonder if he spoke to her. We should ask her if there was anything else he said. Does he want Obama's health care? Did he say how to fix the economy? Good grief.

    Posted by: Name: | Sep 18, 2009 1:02:54 PM

  4. Bitch lost her mind!

    Posted by: Baby Jane | Sep 18, 2009 1:04:16 PM

  5. What the fuck does God think he is doing talking to this bitch ?

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Sep 18, 2009 1:05:47 PM

  6. One of my good friends just lost her health insurance because of this woman. (She had insurance through her wife/partner who works at a state university.)

    She has a "pre-existing condition" (had cancer), so not so easy to get insurance again. I hope Jan Brewer realizes the devastating effects her "beliefs" will have on the lives of others.

    Posted by: David | Sep 18, 2009 1:20:37 PM

  7. I just moved back to AZ, from liberal WA, and I really regret having to live in such a backward-ass state as this. Especially after having lived in such a great place as Seattle (which has dom partner rights now).
    I was at the fundraising dinner a few years ago when Janet Napolitano signed the bill granting domestic partner rights to state employees, and I remember tearing up over it. It was really moving.

    But this offense by Gov Brewer makes my blood boil.

    Posted by: 'mo boy | Sep 18, 2009 1:24:30 PM

  8. @ Eric : Thanks for the contact info.

    This is God speaking:

    I've just contacted the office of that smug self satisfied delusional arrogant unchristian homophobic piece of homophobic shit....and I've told her that she doesn't speak for me ! I don't know who she spoke to up here but we don't take calls from the clinically insane we refer them for treatment to their local mental health facilities.
    Peace to all my gentle friends;

    Posted by: hephaistion | Sep 18, 2009 1:28:15 PM

  9. With those white clothes, soft filter and back lighting, it's hard to argue with her. In fact if you squint your eyes and tilt your head she almost looks like Jesus.

    Posted by: B | Sep 18, 2009 1:43:43 PM

  10. Arizona homos....GET READY TO FIGHT!
    Protest....get out there....yell...scream (and not on these blogs!) This is COMPLETE bull sh*t!
    Us gays need to start getting more forceful, don't we? I think the nice guy role isn't working so well.
    I expect EVERY single gay person in AZ to hold their own, and not crawl under a rock. The country is watching you.

    Posted by: Bayley | Sep 18, 2009 1:52:20 PM

  11. Good luck with your bullshit justifications for destroying people's lives Gov Brewer and all in the name of GOD? Wow...just WOW. Is it 2009?
    You are one seriously mean spirited CUNT and no matter how much white you wear and how innocent you claim to be...your actions WILL have consequences!
    FUCK YOU and I hope your life becomes a living hell. I hope those who live in Arizona don't accept this hateful woman as their representative.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 18, 2009 2:00:04 PM

  12. Don't you just LOVE her Lifestyle Lift?

    Posted by: mike | Sep 18, 2009 2:06:13 PM

  13. Thomas Jefferson must be rolling in his grave.

    "Believing with you that religion is a matter which lies solely between man and his God, that he owes account to none other for his faith or his worship, that the legislative powers of government reach actions only, and not opinions, I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should 'make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,' thus building a wall of separation between church and State. "

    Posted by: Ricster | Sep 18, 2009 2:06:35 PM

  14. Cutting benefits for domestic partners is awful, and it's too bad she believes her faith requires that.

    Interesting though when she says that "God's truth" can't be converted into a political platform. It shows slightly more humility and introspection than you see from most religious conservatives.

    Posted by: Bklynbryan | Sep 18, 2009 2:07:33 PM

  15. Hopefully GOD will take her back soon.

    Posted by: John Bisceglia | Sep 18, 2009 2:12:17 PM

  16. "One of my good friends just lost her health insurance because of this woman. (She had insurance through her wife/partner who works at a state university.)"

    We need to dress her up in a hospital gown, put her in a hospital bed, and wheel her into the lobby of the State Capital. Along with about 800 other people who will lose their health insurance. See if Gov. Brewer gets the point.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 18, 2009 2:25:27 PM

  17. What happen to separation of church and state in government you self-righteous cunt?

    Posted by: uve | Sep 18, 2009 2:32:48 PM

  18. I am disgusting to have to call her Governor! On the bright side, we didn't elect her-she was forced upon our state when Janet Napolitano took the Sec of Defense position in Obama's cabinet. I can't wait for our next election to get rid of her...

    Posted by: Kristina | Sep 18, 2009 2:44:33 PM

  19. Oy. Terrifying.

    Posted by: MammaBear | Sep 18, 2009 3:12:50 PM

  20. thank you for that, ricster!

    Posted by: cali | Sep 18, 2009 3:20:46 PM

  21. Tell her what you think.

    The full mailing address is:
    The Honorable Jan Brewer
    Governor of Arizona
    1700 West Washington
    Phoenix, Arizona 85007

    Telephone (602) 542-4331
    Toll Free 1-(800) 253-0883
    Fax (602) 542-1381

    Posted by: Jack Mackenroth | Sep 18, 2009 3:28:37 PM

  22. It should be funny when the the people of AZ hopefully vote her out of office. Will that be God taking her from her position.

    Posted by: Mike | Sep 18, 2009 4:38:05 PM

  23. Hope she enjoys her 1 term! That is all she will get! Gays should bocot travel to AZ.

    Posted by: GayRepublican | Sep 18, 2009 4:38:47 PM

  24. Well, God gave her an eye that's, like, two centimeters higher than the other's laughing now?

    Posted by: ian | Sep 18, 2009 5:31:10 PM

  25. This is what happens when a religious faith person is in office. They forget the constitution is the law of the land, not the bible. It should read, " one nation, under the constitution, " not under god. Until it is changed and all have equal rights in America I will not stand for it. Until then it's a lie.

    Posted by: Rev. Donna Tara Lee | Sep 18, 2009 5:35:44 PM

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