PUTTING ASIDE ALL OF THE LIKELY CORRECT CONSPIRACY THEORIES – THAT JAN BREWER IS HOPING TO BE RE-ELECTED, THAT SHE MIGHT HAVE LOST THE SUPERBOWL, THAT SHE ALMOST BROUGHT BACK JIM CROW – IT’S A GOOD THING SB 1062 DIDN’T HAPPEN IN ARIZONA. THAT’S THE ONLY GOOD THING ABOUT THE NEWS, REALLY: “Brewer's veto drew swift praise from gay rights advocates. ‘Discrimination has no place in Arizona, or anywhere else,’ said Alessandra Soler, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona. ‘We're grateful that the governor has stopped this disgraceful law from taking effect, and that Arizona will remain open for business to everyone.’ Doug Napier, an attorney representing the Alliance Defending Freedom, which helped craft the bill, criticized the governor's decision. ‘Freedom loses when fear overwhelms facts and a good bill is vetoed,’ he said in a statement. ‘Today's veto enables the foes of faith to more easily suppress the freedom of the people of Arizona.’ Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy, accused opponents of the measure of distorting facts. ‘The religious beliefs of all Arizonans must be respected and this bill did nothing more than affirm that,’ said Herrod, whose conservative organization lent a hand in creating the bill. ‘It is truly a disappointing day in our state and nation when lies and personal attacks can overshadow the truth.’ Rep. Demion Clinco, the only openly gay member of Arizona's House of Representatives, said he hoped the governor's decision would start a new chapter after what he called a setback for the state's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. ‘In her vetoing the bill, I really feel like there's a possible hope for reconciliation within our state, and we can move forward,’ he told CNN's AC360.” (via CNN)
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HAHAHA, KEN TO BREWER’S BARBIE, GOV. RICK SCOTT TOTALLY FORMED AN OPINION ON BLATANT DISCRIMINATION NOW. THANKS FOR THE AFTERTHOUGHT, DICK: “Hours after he repeatedly dodged the question on national TV of whether he supports or opposes an Arizona-style anti-gay law, Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday he would veto it. His new statement came after he was denounced on social media outlets and his likely Democratic opponent, former Gov. Charlie Crist, blasted him for not immediately opposing any form of discrimination. At issue is a bill that the Arizona Legislature has passed that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gay customers based on religious beliefs. On MSNBC's The Daily Rundown Wednesday, Scott was asked about the issue three times and dodged the question each time. In Scott's new statement, he made reference to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican who must decide by Friday whether to sign or veto the bill. ‘I don’t want to tell Gov. Brewer what to do, she can do what’s best for her state,’ Scott said. ‘From my understanding of that bill, I would veto it in Florida because it seems unnecessary. In Florida, we are focused on economic growth, and not on things that divide us. We are for freedom here in Florida. And we want everyone to come here, create jobs, and live in freedom, and that includes religious liberty. I am very much opposed to forcing anyone to violate their conscience or their religious beliefs, and of course, I’m very much opposed to discrimination. As a society, we need to spend more time learning to love and tolerate each other, and less time trying to win arguments in courts of law. Other states can spend their time fighting over issues like this, but in Florida we are laser focused on creating jobs and opportunities. It’s working, and we need to keep it going and will not get distracted by this or anything else.’” (via Tampa Bay Times)
BUT WILL YOU BE DISTRACTED BY GAY MARRIAGE IN FLORIDA, OR ARE WE SUPPOSED TO BE DISTRACTED BY FAKE GROUPS PRETENDING TO BE DEMOCRATS?: "The Florida Democratic Party is threatening legal action against a group it says is impersonating it. The group calling itself the Florida Democratic League has been publicly voicing several positions that conflict with the party’s. Democratic Party spokesman Joshua Karp says the Democratic League has held a series of press conferences in recent weeks around Miami. ‘It sounds like they don’t support immigration reform. It sounds like they don’t support DREAMers. It sounds like they don’t support gay rights. It sounds like they don’t support marriage equality. And those are positions that don’t represent the mainstream of the Democratic Party,’ Karp says. After one press conference last week, Democratic League President Eladio Jose Armesto said in an interview that he leads the state’s largest Hispanic-led Democratic organization. I asked: ‘And when you say ‘Democratic organization,’ you mean affiliated with the Democratic Party I assume?’ He replied, ‘Yes, with the Democratic Party. Correct.’ The Party mailed a cease-and-desist letter to Armesto’s group this week. It says it’s illegal to use the party’s name without written consent from the party itself." (via WFSU)
YOU GUYS, GOV. RICK PERRY CAN ALMOST TOTALLY MARRY RICK SCOTT NOW! ALSO, TEXAS IS OFFICIALLY GAYER THAN US: "A federal judge in San Antonio ruled Wednesday that Texas’ ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutionally deprives some citizens of due process and equal protection under the law by stigmatizing their relationships and treating them differently from opposite-sex couples. U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia cited recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings as having trumped Texas’ moves to ban gay marriage. ‘Today’s court decision is not made in defiance of the great people of Texas or the Texas Legislature, but in compliance with the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court precedent,’ he said in his order. ‘Without a rational relation to a legitimate governmental purpose, state-imposed inequality can find no refuge in our U.S. Constitution.’ But Garcia’s ruling, while a major victory for groups seeking to make marriage legal for gay and lesbian couples nationwide, will not win them Texas marriage licenses anytime soon. Although Garcia issued a preliminary injunction against the state’s enforcing its 2003 law and 2005 constitutional amendment that limit marriage to opposite-sex couples, he stayed it from taking effect until his ruling can be reviewed on appeal." (via Dallas Morning News)
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