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Phoenix and Tucson Stage Major Protests Against Anti-Gay Bill: VIDEO


Major protests took place this evening in Phoenix and Tucson in opposition to the bill passed by the Arizona legislature that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

CNN's AC360 led off their show live from the protests in Phoenix.


Governor Jan Brewer must decide whether to sign or veto the legislation early next week.

The Republic reports:

The governor, who is attending a conference of national governors in the nation’s capital, rarely comments on bills before they reach her desk.

She spoke with CNN on Friday: “Well, it’s a very controversial piece of legislation. We know that. We know that it’s failed in a lot of states across the country. ... I’ve been reading about it on the Internet and I will make my decision some time before ... by next Friday ... if I do decide to sign it. But it’s very controversial, so I’ve got to get my hands around it.”

The governor has five days to decide on the bill so it's likely she'll need to deal with it before Friday as she says.

FYI you can call Brewer now  at (602) 542-4331 or (520) 628-6580 and urge her to veto the bill.

Suggested script: Hi, my name is __________ and I live in _____________. I’m calling to urge Governor Brewer to veto SB1062. Arizonans believe in freedom for all -- and that includes our gay and lesbian neighbors. Please reject this harmful legislation.

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  1. "Or to force a Jewish kosher or Muslim halal deli to provide ham sandwiches to a gay wedding rehearsal?"

    Um, Jon, no. Any deli/business can choose not to sell a product. If they don't provide ham to anyone, they don't need to provide it to gay couples in AZ or anywhere else. You're using Arizona logic instead of constitutional logic. You should move there, though, you'd fit right in with the angry old people.

    Jan Brewer is anti-gay, so I'm sure she shares the irrational hostility behind this bill, but if Jan Brewer is smart she'll veto this bill because it will be really bad for business in Arizona. She can even use that as a reason to veto it, because it's true, and hang on tight to her bigotry. We'll soon see if she's smart or stupid.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 22, 2014 10:13:07 AM

  2. I have written to Jan Brewer and laid it all out on the line. Told her this is her golden opportunity to be on the right side of history. It's only one letter which has been sent to a bigot, but I felt it needed to be said.

    She has a "delete" button on her computer. The voters also have a delete button at the ballot box. I think, if she signs this legislation, she will regret it later on.

    Posted by: Mark | Feb 22, 2014 11:26:21 AM

  3. @Jon...being ignorant must serve you well.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Feb 22, 2014 12:38:09 PM

  4. @Mark, I commend you for speaking up, but it's hard to see this as a "golden opportunity" for Brewer in the sense that she should expect to gain something—forgiveness for SB 1070, an honored place in history—in exchange for her veto. Arizonans have a _right_ to equality, and enforcing that right isn't a favor or an act of heroism. It's the governor's purpose and sworn duty. They're entitled to a veto. It wouldn't undo past sins, and it wouldn't merit extraordinary commendation. It would simply fulfill the governor's oath of office.

    Posted by: JJ | Feb 22, 2014 1:42:09 PM

  5. I won't go to see the Grand Canyon because of the mess that Arizona happens to be.

    Yes, we should avoid the state because of the strong anti-gay bigotry.

    But, first and foremost, we should avoid the state until they treat Mexicans as humans. The bigotry towards brown people is even worse there....

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Feb 22, 2014 1:50:25 PM

  6. Don't count on Jan Brewer for rational behavior.

    Don't forget that she disrespected the president because of his race.

    She is a horrible, hateful person.

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Feb 22, 2014 1:52:34 PM

  7. People who say on this blog that "I won't go to the Grand Canyon" or "I won't take my vacation in Arizona" don't mean crap to Brewer or the nuts in this state. The main thing they care about is if the NFL removes the 2015 Super Bowl from the state and if the NCAA removes the 2016 national championship college football game from the state. That's tens of millions (maybe over $100M) with just two events. The NFL and the NCAA need to speak out now.

    The only other thing that might get Brewer on board is the AZ business community. They are irate at this bill, and they are working desperately to have her veto it. We are talking huge companies like Honeywell, Raytheon, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, etc -- not florist or bakers.

    There is a 50-50 chance she will veto. If the NFL and NCAA speak out, the veto chance goes up to 99%. Don't any of you have an entree into the NFL or NCAA??

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Feb 22, 2014 2:34:15 PM

  8. If this bill is signed it will be blocked by the 9th circuit and may go to the Supreme Court. It is highly unconstitutional!

    Posted by: Ty | Feb 22, 2014 2:59:39 PM

  9. Jon is Rick guyz.
    @JJ & Ernie Spot on.

    You tried. You did what a loving brother should do. Sad to say is that your brother is probably one of those people that can't be reached. Some can't. I came to that realization a long while ago and I do what you did. Try. And then I say 'so be it' and let it go.

    This laws premise is that any discrimination in the public specter should be legal as long as the discriminator can justify it by a 'religious view'.

    The inescapable reality of what were facing here is that a group claiming their chosen and learned behavior (religion) is superior in standing when in direct conflict with another groups inalienable human and constitutional rights to be treated equally.

    Is that what the separation of church and state means?
    Not to me. Not in my America.

    This is a fight that is a long time coming and needs to happen so that the US can move forward to meet the challenges of enacting equality as a human right not only here but worldwide. So be it.

    No true Christian would ever ask this or defend this. The devil in the details when revealed is that the backers of this legislation are the Scott Lively clan of 'Christians' that are responsible for 'Kill the Gays' type legislation in Africa. NOM, LaBarbera, Brown, Perkins. This is what happens when a group is allowed to hide hate as religion.

    Rick is willing to keep hiding in the closet and accept this form of dehumanizing legislation but I'm not. Never have been. Never will be.
    This is my America too.

    This should obviously be a wake up call for true people of faith to speak up and denounce this. Are you going to let groups like this continue to drag Christianity through the dirt and be the weapon used to kill innocents in Africa? Or are you going to tell them they no longer get to hide their life threatening hate in the name of your faith?

    Posted by: BOOM! | Feb 22, 2014 3:30:28 PM

  10. @simon replacing "gay people" with "religious people" won't change one word of the bill because the phrase "gay people" or even a synonym don't appear in it. Possibly that is because of a U.S. Supreme Court decision throwing out a discriminatory law in Colorado that explicitly targeted gays. Without any mention of gays or any other group, they can try to argue that the bill is not motivated purely by animus so that the Colorado decision does not apply to them. Hopefully the courts would see through that ploy, but you never know.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 22, 2014 4:47:57 PM

  11. Unlikely that these protests will have much of an influence on Gov. Brewer's decision considering Phoenix and Tucson are Dem strongholds.

    Posted by: wheelie81 | Feb 23, 2014 2:19:51 AM

  12. I can see it now, Signs all over the place. NO GAYS, NO JEWS, NO BLACKS, NO DOGS.. Just like the good old days of the 1950's.The GOP/TEA dream world. Don't these zealot Catholics remember when they were condsidered vermin just 60 or 70 years ago?

    Posted by: Sandyone | Feb 23, 2014 8:33:14 AM

  13. @Sandyone: it won't work that way. The law would (if not vetoed) require that a person claiming a religious exemption from civil rights laws to have his religious beliefs substantially impacted and those beliefs have to be sincerely held. The requirement is for the religious nut to prove that this is the case. You'd be hard pressed to make that claim for the services offered by a restaurant or hotel.

    If the law is not vetoed and a photographer refuses to take pictures at a gay couple's wedding, he can still be sued. During discovery, the plaintiffs lawyers will ask to see records of all the weddings he's photographed. What happens if he photographed Hindu or Muslim weddings, or even Mormon weddings? Islam allows a man to have up to 4 wives (a number considerably downsized from the former limit of as many as you could handle), so in that case, so much for the "one man and one woman" excuse. He's going to have a hard time claiming that his religious beliefs about photographing weddings are sincerely held if it turns out that he'll take any customer whatsoever as long as the couple is straight. He'd need expert testimony in his favor from a theologian who is also a comedian - it would take being a comedian to deliver lines like that without cracking up laughing.

    Posted by: Bill | Feb 23, 2014 3:36:02 PM

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