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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. Janice
    Telephone (602) 542-4331
    Toll Free 1-(800) 253-0883

    Posted by: Kristin | Sep 18, 2009 6:24:43 PM

  2. Queens in high agitation mode never read important details. The article says "signed a bill", meaning the Legislature was at fault. This is not some religious fiat, and as much as I think Mr. Towle deserved that award he needs to write more carefully. It is also a cheap shot at a Lutheran whose denomination is NOT comparable to Mormons or the evangelical far-right.

    If some in the LGB community want to lam bast all persons of faith, without drawing distinctions, do you plan to confront all those guys/gals in clerical garb at next month's march in D.C?

    Posted by: Contrarian | Sep 18, 2009 6:53:39 PM

  3. This bitch is playing to fear when is the next election for governor of arizona . if this the thinking of the people of the state let mexico have it back. It is time for a total boycott of all this tourist that hates gays but not our money New England ecept for Rhode Island is beautiful this time of year to hell with calif ariz and florida let them eat sand and die

    Posted by: walter | Sep 18, 2009 7:25:47 PM

  4. bleached hair bleached teeth and a bleached mind what more can you say.

    Posted by: walter | Sep 18, 2009 7:28:50 PM

  5. Ok. So take away domestic partner benefits and the children of domestic partners that is bad enough almost unbelievable in this day and age but on top of that take away benefits of adult disabled children and you have really done GOD proud.

    True believers know do on to others as you would do on to yourself.

    WOW is all I can say.

    Posted by: sandy | Sep 18, 2009 8:32:13 PM

  6. The year is 2010. in a startling revelation, God tells the xtian community to start aiming their rifles at homos. Millions die.

    Considering the precedents set during the years 2007-2009, the majority of the US population turns their head. Between gay panic defense, and fear of their neighbors calling the xtian reich hotline and turning them in as a fag, even the most liberal of hets is afraid to walk the streets without a cross, a bible and a Praise Be To Jesus.

    It is war people.
    There is no question.
    These people will NOT stop until we are wiped off the face of the planet or beaten into submission and shoved back into our closets, grateful to have mere air to breathe without the right to walk the streets.

    Posted by: Angry Fag | Sep 18, 2009 8:45:39 PM

  7. RE: John McCain

    Didn't he, in a speech, say that gay marriage was a threat to national security?

    Doesn't sound like a sane person to me. That's a little dramatic, even for a republitard

    Posted by: Angry Fag | Sep 18, 2009 8:49:28 PM

  8. Drop your bibles and step away from the religion!

    Posted by: roger ramjet | Sep 18, 2009 9:02:03 PM

  9. With the temporary exception of Janet Napolitano,Arizona has always had bat-shit crazy governors. The history of the criminal activity & psychiatriac instability in the state house would make a great HBO series.
    Once again, it might befall a gay man to clean it up.

    Posted by: steve satlow | Sep 19, 2009 4:11:19 AM

  10. Uh, what happened to separation of church and state, and ummmmm, I thought He lived in Crawford, Texas...surely there will be a recall group forming in the immediate future. Just because we inherited her doesn't mean we have to keep her. This is truly horrifying.

    Posted by: Anne Geren | Sep 19, 2009 9:11:42 AM

  11. Dear Rev. Lee: FYI, the phrase "one nation, under G*D" is from the Pledge of Allegiance and up until 1954, it went like this: "one nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all". Then, at the height of the McCarthy Witch Hunts, our dear Republicon friends introduced a bill in congress that would change the wording of the Pledge of Allegiance to what it is now: "one nation, under G*d, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Even then, 55 years ago, the Republicons were playing the "G*d card". In 1954, the Republicons had taken control of Congress for the first time since the early 1930's or so, and no Democrat wanted to be seen as anti-G*d, so the bill passed easily and with very little debate. I believe that is also when Congress authorized "In God We Trust" to be put on our money (paper and coin). Disgusting!

    Posted by: mike | Sep 19, 2009 12:13:01 PM

  12. A one woman death panel. Sue the bitch.

    Posted by: Troy | Sep 19, 2009 3:44:52 PM

  13. Appears that Obama's folks could have done a better job understanding who was slotted to replace the people he offered positions to. Seems to be we're worse off in Utah for the same reason [like we had anything our way there!]

    Posted by: Ted | Sep 19, 2009 10:36:24 PM

  14. Well all I got to say is she is an uneducated bigot that needs to be removed from office......someone there needs to start a petion to remove her from office.

    Posted by: Christopher Rees | Sep 20, 2009 11:24:57 AM

  15. God directs us all to not set foot in Arizona, or buy products made or grown in Arizona, until the law/policy is restored.

    Posted by: Boycott Arizona Big-Time | Sep 20, 2009 1:32:51 PM

  16. It's not just this sad woman Gov., Jan Brewer that needs to be confronted. Those denied health coverage need to be parked in front of her LCMS church every sunday.

    Those pastors need to be confronted daily with the misery their bigotry causes.

    Posted by: Jake | Sep 20, 2009 6:11:27 PM

  17. I love it how these hypocrites and wingnuts who think it's right to bring their faith into politics scream bloody murder whenever anything "anti-religious" is even discussed. Remember 10 Commandmentsgate?

    Posted by: Philip Wester | Sep 21, 2009 5:09:57 AM

  18. This action is shameful. However, I cannot help but note that all women or white people aren't being held accountable for her actions unlike when anti-gay behavior is seen in people of color.

    Posted by: BMF | Sep 21, 2009 10:24:24 AM

  19. f**k az, vacation in palm springs.

    Posted by: samuel nelson | Sep 21, 2009 4:30:29 PM

  20. Hell's bells, you've got some real nutters ruling your country!

    Don't you have a Constitution or something that promises you all equal treatment (or has that been cancelled for non-Christians?)

    Posted by: Coemgen in the UK | Sep 21, 2009 6:34:48 PM

  21. Is is possible to repost this WITHOUT THE MANHUNT AD????? I know they have money, but we must have a little bit of ethics, no????

    Posted by: D | Sep 23, 2009 2:51:37 AM

  22. Really? My ghost said BOO, so there. Why, after reading the Constitution, is this shit tolerated at all, ever?! This country isn't legally suppose to run on the ghost whispers.
    Gays need to form a religion, a church that will push back against this idiocy with the same force of faith as the allegedly "Christian" right. Fight them on their own flaky ground.

    Posted by: Deano | Sep 23, 2009 4:38:23 PM

  23. Where are the "moderate" Christians when "lunatic fringe" Christian pull this bull shit. Oh, right, the same place "moderate" Republicans hang out whenever Glenn Beck or Rush Limbaugh do their dirty work for them, Quietly off in the corner. Will their silence protect them or is our population ever going to call them out?

    Posted by: Robert | Sep 23, 2009 6:00:17 PM

  24. Zonies and The Zone suck *ss. They should just rename that state "New Texas".

    Posted by: El Chuey | Sep 23, 2009 9:59:37 PM

  25. Call Brewer & tell her to do unto others as she would have then do unto her
    Telephone (602) 542-4331
    Toll Free 1-(800) 253-0883
    Fax (602) 542-1381
    There is already a movement to recall her

    Posted by: planetspinz | Oct 28, 2009 10:05:23 AM

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