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  1. Chrislam says

    Good to see a journalist FINALLY calling out these “traditional marriage” extremists on their ambivalence towards divorce and other tenets of the Bible. We need to keep hammering them on this to not only expose the ludicrousness of the Bible but also to expose the fact that they are bigots simply hiding behind the Bible.

  2. Sam Kelley says

    Wow , thank you Andy, thank you Anderson. I’m 46 and we need to change our government from this , local and major .This , this old school way of thinking is over. The power, the people, the current 2014 way of life and changing times. even my father has changed his views on everything over the years. times are changing , evolve and enjoy life, love and the pursuit of happiness, support of all , or roll over and die in your own hate of change. life is too short, ask all these older people of hatred how many of their loved ones they lost, and wished they could say , I loved them, told them they were loved , wished they could tell them or say goodbye, or touched base with them before they left this world. all of them would say I would have.

  3. CB says

    Jan Brewer SHOULD sign it into law. Then we can watch the mass exodus of corporations, businesses, etc. and laugh, however, I predict she WILL NOT sign it into law, due to the current backlash, not due to her morals. Even 3 legislators who assisted in the passage have now back-pedaled because of the backlash. The State Senator in the video is completely lost!!

  4. MickyFlip says

    It’s more than just backlash that would prevent Madame Brewer from signing. If anything, I’m sure the economic repercussions of the bill are what’s at stake. And she is more than aware of that. I’m certain she’s weighing all the options while basking in the lime light of how she temporarily wields such power. Like a high stakes poker game. When the chips are down, right?

  5. Dan Fotou says

    And this is what happens when a village of village idiots hold public office. I cannot imagine who looks at these types of candidates and say, “Yes, that is someone I support and think is capable of critical analysis.” When the populous has been dumbed down by rhetoric, Fox Not News, and eroded education, this is the result.

  6. Geoff says

    Brewer is so witheringly stupid she may just sign this bill into law – thereby destroying the Arizona economy for generations. Great test-case for other states contemplating the same assininity. Actually, I hope she does.

  7. Mags says

    To be fair, none of these village idiots were elected by Democratic process, they were rather Gerrymandered into their seats.
    And none know how to address reasonably their voting for such heinously Nazi-like law either. You can actually smell their embarrassment over the screen.

  8. Randy says

    2:40 He doesn’t know of anyone who would stand for it (the firing of someone because they are gay)?!

    How about the entire legislative, executive, and judicial branches of Arizona? If they wouldn’t “stand for it”, it wouldn’t be legal.

  9. Billy says

    is it bad a very small part of me wants to see this pass just to see what happens? To see if corporations will really leave have our back. to see if people will rise up to fight this. and to expose the darker side that is still in existence in many parts of the US. I bump into many people who say “DOMA and DADT are gone everythings going alright for you gays” if they were to pass this, and all hell would break loose would it not act as a deterrent for other states to follow the same path?

  10. says

    Gosh, why can’t Anderson just understand that discrimination is totally OK, as long it doesn’t affect straight white Christian males? At least this Melvin guy totally gets it!

  11. Jay M says

    I can’t watch this interview and not yell at my phone. I don’t know why people keep electing representatives who have no business being in politics.

  12. Babycakes says

    The government of Arizona will always be remembered for this. What a bunch of bumbling fools. They sit comfortably in their chairs and pass laws without thinking and then when it comes time to answer for their decisions, they visibly sweat and can’t form complete sentences or thoughts. “OOOOH I don’t know anyone who would do such a thing! Who would discriminate like that? NOBODY I KNOW DISCRIMINATES! Preposterous!” or “I’ve changed my mind! I didn’t mean it! Veto the bill pretty please!” This is hilarious, I was angry but now I am thoroughly entertained. You know, I want the bill to pass. There’s no way the Supreme Court will even look at it and I want to see Arizona crumble. I want to see the state corrode and then start pointing fingers at the governing bodies, holding these people finally accountable for their brainless, wasteful, and sloppy actions and decisions.

  13. Bill says

    They didn’t ask the really interesting question: given that Al Melvin is running for governor, who are the people daft enough to fund his campaign?

    It is not just that he refused to answer a simple question. He couldn’t even do a good job of dodging it.

  14. Will says

    How is this man running to be governor!? He doesn’t know anything about law or society in general! WTF?! How do these people get to these positions and why is it aloud!?

  15. says

    It’s hate. Nothing but hate. The Republicans don’t care that what they are doing doesn’t make sense or costs the taxpayer a lot of money, they are doing crap like this out of pure hate for gay people. There is no other explanation yet they will give you every excuse in the book and try as hard as they can to make it appear as though you don’t understand without ever admitting “we are doing this out of hate for gay people.” There is no other explanation and he can’t give you a valid answer. None of them can.

    Quite frankly I’m hoping that Brewer signs the anti-gay law because Arizona will then become the most hated state in the Union, not just by gay people but by all sane people across this nation. And Arizonians, no matter how sweet and wonderful we know many to be, will be the laughing stock of the United States. Please Governor Brewer sign the bill. Arizona voters deserve to be the most hated citizens within America. BTW, there is no one to blame for this other than the citizens of Arizona who elected these idiots in the first place.

  16. Daniel says

    At least people now realize how the atrocities of WWII happened – politicians place their politicial ambitions over the human rights of others. That’s why politicians who violate human rights should be punished according to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was created to inform people when governments overstep their authority.

  17. john patrick says

    Mike Ryan, I agree with you that this is pure hate. It is so obvious. But unlike you and some of the other posters on this site, I hope that Brewer vetoes this bill. I wouldn’t wish this kind of law on any group of LGBT people in any state. I was born and grew up and lived in the State of Missouri many years. But I moved to Illinois 19 years ago and would never move back to Missouri due to the antigay atmosphere in the State government and much of the state, and the antigay laws in place. That kind of atmosphere drains just too much energy.

  18. Jim says

    Dear God. This man is profoundly stupid. And profoundly dishonest. But we do know why he voted for this law: he’s running for governor and he wants to capture the statehouse using gay people as scapegoats and whipping boys. Can’t Jew-bait or race-bait like old times, but it’s open season on gays in Tea Bagger La-La land. “Repulsive” hardly begins to describe this wretch.

  19. Ivan says

    And I thought Russians were close minded and ignorant… And those are first world countries… woof… Well Done Arizona now you are in a race with the Russians … who will win this homophobic race?

  20. gabriel says

    Wow… that was painful to watch.

    Agree with Jim on having a better idea on why he’s doing it. Seems like he thinks it’s a good strategy to be able to say “I’m the only one running for Governor promoting this bill” I hope that all of this backfires

  21. simon says

    How can Jesus be against unwed mothers. His own mother was unwed. As one ancient Rabbi put it, a “menstruating and wanton mother”.

  22. PeterNZ says

    I wonder what Paul Babeu, Arizona gay sheriff embroiled in a scandal some time back, is making of this. If it matters, just a thought. But if I were him I’d be out of that Jesus-loving wasteland lickety split.

  23. Charles Chan Massey says

    This senator is quite delusional. How did he actually get elected? His speech writer is probably already fired. Anderson did well.

  24. CHOCOLATEBEARCUB says

    I thought Caucasians loved us gays? In the past with all of the Black homophobia comments. WOW things have taken a dramatic change of course. So gays will you understand it’s not about race. If really is all of us against all of them. Shame on you Arizona!

  25. Alex says

    Why even use words like “idiots” and “bumbling” when clearly these people are not? This is all a well calculated scenario. The politicians are playing to their bigoted base. This is nothing different than how Republicans used anti-black hateful legislation since Nixon started using the Southern Strategy in 1968.

    The anti-gay Republicans used homophobia in 2004 to help George W. Bush win the White House. Right?

    Arizona Republicans win regardless whether Brewer signs the bill. They show that they are “principled” and “dedicated” win or lose. They can then run on their attempt to protect “traditional” marriage and “religious liberty.”

    Really, folks, you have to be more cynical. These politicians aren’t foolish, they’re evil. Evil people can be can be quite intelligent and successful in manipulating others. This is a win-win situation for the Arizona GOP. Think about who voted for these people. Their most likely bigoted people who agree with anti-gay policies. They’re happy to see their local pols stick it to the gays (or Latinos or blacks).

  26. CB says

    Remind you of someone……

    Similar words were uttered a couple of years ago….”In Iran we don’t have homosexuals like in your country,” Former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

  27. Red says

    Anderson easily made the Senator look like an utter fool and an obvious bigot. This guy’s running for governor?!

    Gov. Jan Brewer always comes across as though she were heavily medicated and not especially bright. I don’t trust her to do the right thing, we’ll see.

  28. alex says

    Some of you need to rethink comments like, “Arizona is really made up of dopes. Who elects these fools?”.

    This guy is a state Senator. Those are the types of races that might see one debate. I’m curious to know how many people attended/watched their local state Senate debates. Or, did you simply vote for the person with the “D” next to name? If so, do you really know how your state Senator might vote on any social issue?

    But, to answer the question: Senator Melvin got 56.4% of the votes in the last election. That means that 37,428 people in his district did NOT vote for him.

    Calling all Arizonians “dopes” is a slap in the face of all people who vote for a candidate that doesn’t win.

  29. Stan D says

    I signed the Task Force’s petition to Jan Brewer asking her to veto the bill, but I added this text to the petition I signed:

    From what I understand, this sort of thing is governed by public accommodation laws. My understanding is that only those covered under the 1964 Civil Rights Act are protected from discrimination nationally, and that each state has the option to add LGBT people to those protected. If a state desires to not protect a non-covered minority from discrimination, all they have to do is not add them to their state’s public accommodation laws. If LGBTs are currently not covered by Arizona’s public accommodation laws, then new legislation is not needed, and would be redundant. Those who proposed the legislation were reacting to events in states where LGBTs have been added to their state public accommodation laws. If at some point the Civil Rights Act is amended to include LGBTs, then Federal law would trump state law and laws such as SB 1062 would be nullified.

  30. Stan D says

    I signed the Task Force’s petition to Jan Brewer asking her to veto the bill, but I added this text to the petition I signed:

    From what I understand, this sort of thing is governed by public accommodation laws. My understanding is that only those covered under the 1964 Civil Rights Act are protected from discrimination nationally, and that each state has the option to add LGBT people to those protected. If a state desires to not protect a non-covered minority from discrimination, all they have to do is not add them to their state’s public accommodation laws. If LGBTs are currently not covered by Arizona’s public accommodation laws, then new legislation is not needed, and would be redundant. Those who proposed the legislation were reacting to events in states where LGBTs have been added to their state public accommodation laws. If at some point the Civil Rights Act is amended to include LGBTs, then Federal law would trump state law and laws such as SB 1062 would be nullified.

  31. Steve says

    A dinosaur like him should really remember how shamefully and inhumane Christians treated unwed mothers until a few decades ago. Single motherhood was impossible. Instead they were shipped off to distant homes and their children given up for adoption. Everyone knew but it was kept hush hush.

  32. Mark says

    Anderson Cooper barbequed Al Melvin, and it was brilliant. With each question, Cooper added a little more sauce and then gradually let it burn over the hot coals.

    By the time the segment was over, Melvin had no human rights credibility whatsoever. He actually clarified just exactly what he stands for and simultaneously exposed all of his supporters and political allies for the bigots they really are as well.

    Here, we played the interview and had guests over. The living room was silent as we watched it, in total disbelief that a schmuck like Melvin could possibly hold public office. All of us kept wondering just how far he went in school, and if he actually did graduate, was his diploma purchased online.

  33. Buzz says

    Anderson’s example of a loan officer refusing to do business with a divorced person or an unwed mother is not quite on the mark. Federal laws (the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and related regulations) prohibit this kind of discrimination.

    A better example would have been a bakery or photographer who refuses to provide services to a divorced person or unwed mother, say at a second marriage ceremony or a child’s birthday party.

  34. woody says

    i doubt brewer would risk losing the super bowl over this.
    they don’t care about us, but they care about big business football.

  35. says

    Al Melvin has proposed building a nuclear waste dump north of Tucson as a way of raising money for our schools. He was shocked when people suggested we should just raise taxes instead. He also told a female co-worker of mine that women were not smart enough to control their own genitals and that was why men had to pass anti-abortion laws.

  36. woody says

    Al Melvin is in the Knights of Columbus, which over the past several years has been dedicated to influencing state and local laws on gay marriage.
    You can tell from the video that he’s knows he’s in the wrong regarding the arizona law, but he persists because that’s what the K of C tells its members to do now. He’s a hero to that crowd.
    Melvin is a Rick Santorum-like Catholic.
    We should be aware of people like this, who definitely have an agenda that comes from the organizations they belong to.
    This guy is wearing his proud commitment to his faith on his sleeve… uh… i mean his lapel.

  37. Mags says

    @HOMER, Not surprising at all. A party that would rather pay for pill b0ners rather than promote and vote for education, feeding the hungry, especially the children, equal pay, and voting rights for any non-white-straight-males, would in no way consider anyone outside their group as entitled to managing their financials, human rights, let alone their bodies.

    The fact that a woman, any woman, or any LGBT person for that matter in this day and age of access to information would still vote for these glorified b0ner-pill pushers is beyond common sense. Get it through your thick skulls already: The Republican Party is not for the people, and hadn’t been for the people, outrageously clearly, since the end of the last Century. If you’re not white, male, straight, and an entitled pr*ck, the Republican party is not for you in any shape or form. No matter their touted “efforts at reform and inclusion”. They just don’t work that way.

  38. Terese Condon-Yost says

    I have broken many of the ten commandments through out my life. Therefore I must not be welcomed in any of your business. I am sorry for I shall dearly miss my annual trips to Sedona. I often trade my time share to take my children and grandchildren there. But if you feel you can exclude a group of people because you fell they have sinned then I to should be excluded for I have sinned in other ways.

  39. says

    People, this is the extreme right wing we’re talking about here. If this bill passes and Arizona ends up back in the Stone Age, those @$$holes aren’t going to admit they were at fault – they’ll just blame “the gays”. They already blame us for earthquakes, meteor strikes, and floods, so blaming us when Arizona goes down the toilet would happen without a second thought.

  40. ThomT says

    It is always dangerous to wish for something that, if received, might ultimately have terrible resulting effects. While it would certainly be interesting to see this law passed and then challenged on the ground of constitutionality, it would be far less interesting (and more dangerous) should that challenge result in an affirmation of the legality of the law it was allowed to stand. Better that Brewer veto the bill and allow the internal political fighting to continue.

  41. Dan Cobb says

    My partner and I own property in Arizona… he really likes going there, and I’ve grown really bored of the place. Last night my partner said: no more trips to Arizona! THANK YOU Arizona legislature!!

  42. tonyb4956@gmail.com says

    I am so embarrassed to be an AZ native with reps sen. and gov. like this. The one thing I can say is that the community here is overwhelmingly open minded intelligent and LGBTQA inclusive and friendly. These a**holes are not representing our state accurately. Somebody Please help!!! Xo’s

  43. Orionsangel says

    We are going backwards to the 1950’s if this bill passes. It’s disgusting. This is discrimination pure and simple. It’s just hiding behind religious freedom. This is America, not communist Russia. We are free in this country. We are not to be judged based on our beliefs or sexual preference. Is this what the Bible teaches? Discrimination? This is a poor representation of Christian faith. You who have twisted the Holy Book to spread your hate. You have shame the Lord.

  44. jarago says

    Religious freedom is the right to worship God in any way you wish- this law is the ability to discriminate and use religion as an excuse.

  45. Neil says

    Anderson needs blue hair. You know Brewer will veto because now the “Super Bowl” is being threatened, and we can’t upset the straight guys.

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  47. Jay says

    With all due respect sir, God-fearing Christians don’t treat single mothers and divorced women that way. EXACTLY!!!! So then why are you treating gay people this way?!?!?!?!?!?

  48. Armando says

    His opponents must be thrilled. He keeps on saying that he doesn’t know, he’s not aware of stuff he should be aware of. He must be giving Democrats boners just imagining if he ends up being the Republican nominee for Governor.

  49. marx says

    Someone asked who elects these fools? They elect themselves. Just as they themselves elect presidents. This is why republicans and democrats seem more and more alike. There are only elections because it gives the impression that we have a choice. We don’t. They, the same elite who own the banks, media and food, OWN US. Until people start seeing what is really going on and stop supporting this, it will continue.