Arizona Governor Vetoes Anti Gay Bill

By on March 2, 2014
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In the long fight for LGBT rights, another victory has been secured, even as the protesters angrily vent against it. Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has “vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gay men, lesbians and other people on religious grounds” (New York Times). This law that was rejected sounds eerily similar to how African Americans were treated during the Civil Rights Movement. They were “separate but equal” with their fellow white man and thus they could never be served in any white business. The idea that “religious freedom” could be used to enforce prejudice of homosexuality is wrong.

Many have voiced their opinion on the vetoing of the bill, such as George Takei and John McCain. McCain has stated that he appreciates Brewer’s rejection of the bill and that “everyone is welcome to enjoy our beautiful Arizona” (Yahoo News). Others though have denounced Brewer for trampling on the “religious freedom” of people.

Stopping this bill was the right thing to do because it is wrong to commit such prejudice acts against people under the guise of religion. The Bible has always stated to “love thy enemy” and yet people seem to think it is perfectly all right to hate people who are gay. With this mindset it is only a matter of time until people try to make laws where “religious freedom” can refuse service to people who are divorced, worship a different religion or none at all, or who have kids outside of marriage. How long until someone who is gay can’t sit where they want on a bus? “Religious freedom” does not grant people the right to deny the freedoms of other groups of people.

Governor Jan Brewer has made the right decision in putting a stop to this bill and it is clear she gave long and considerate thought to the matter. She has stated “I call them as I see them, despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd” (Hollywood Reporter). That statement is clear Brewer considers the good of everyone rather than simple political views. Rather than simply picking a side when deciding the fate of the bill she used logic to figure out whether it was better to veto or pass the bill, showing she considers the best for everyone. Brewer certainly faced a tough decision with a bill that would have very well divided Arizona and could have started up far bigger problems.

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