Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Says She Would Consider Bill Protecting Gays from Discrimination


Governor Jan Brewer, who four months ago was at the center of a contentious debate in her state surrounding a bill (SB1062) that would have allowed religion-based discrimination against gays (she vetoed it), told Capitol Media Services on Tuesday that she would consider expanding the state's civil rights laws to cover gay people if a bill were presented to her:

On Tuesday, Brewer said the question of whether Arizona should expand its anti-discrimination laws comes down to looking at the issue from the opposite perspective of SB1062: Is there a real problem with discrimination that drives a need for such a change?

“That’s something we don’t see a lot of anymore, because of people’s changing patterns of discrimination,” she said.

The governor suggested that state lawmakers might want to hold hearings on the issue.

“If it needs to be addressed, it needs to be debated in the Legislature,” Brewer said.

“Testimony needs to be presented,” she continued. “Let the representatives of the people who have been elected by the populace of the state of Arizona determine and get it up to the governor.”

And what would she do with it?

“I don’t know what would be in that bill or how they would write it,” Brewer said. “But I certainly would evaluate it and do what I thought was the right thing to do for the state.”


  1. MiddleoftheRoader says

    Guilt about what happened with her gay son? One of her “thoughtless” moments when she didn’t realize what she was saying? Trying to soften her edge, and longer-term reputation, now that she’s not running for anything anymore? In any event, all she said was it should be looked it, and she didn’t take a position on it. The fact is that most Arizonans are live-and-let-live libertarians, but this also means that when bigoted Arizonans refuse to hire (or fire, or don’t promote) gay people, many other Arizonans still don’t want the government to be involved. And yes, there is still definitely discrimination in Arizona.

    In any event, this AZ legislature, controlled by right-wing Republicans, will never pass such a bill — unless it says that there will be no discrimination against any gay person who is carrying a gun.

  2. JMC says

    That’s not even what she said. She basically just described the legislative process, she didn’t say she’d do anything.

  3. Steve says

    She didn’t actually say “she” would consider it, just that it “may” be time for the state legislature to take up the issue (and we all know that won’t happen). It’s very easy for her to make those comments now since this is her last year in office.

  4. Rich says

    She knows how to play the political game. “When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die”. She’s out to win.