Three AZ state senators who voted for the hideous “Jim Crow Bill” permitting civil rights discrimination against LGBTQIA people are now asking the Governor to veto it. Sen. Bob Worsley (R-Mesa), Sen. Steve Pierce (R-Prescott) and Sen. Adam Driggs (R-Phoenix) said they have received feedback from fellow Republicans from across the nation that the bill was unacceptable. They also say that they didn’t get enough time to really consider the bill. And finally, they’re saying that opponents of the bill are mis-characterizing it as “religious intolerance” and that this accusation is “causing our state immeasurable harm.”
First, I don’t EVER, EVER want to hear from the people who make laws on behalf of this state or country that they were rushed. Bullshit. I don’t care how much pressure they feel. When it comes to ANY bill related to Civil Rights, it’s their job to slow down, present it to their constituents, think about the ramifications (good and bad), run it by some Constitutional Lawyers, and take their DAMN time before making up their mind. Saying they were rushed is a child’s excuse.
Second, why did they have to hear this from their fellow Republicans from other states? There are plenty of people, you know their actual constituents, complaining right under their noses. On Feb. 21st about 300 people gathered at the Capital to protest and encouraged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill. As of last night, the crowd has grown to around thousand–on a weekday. NYC or LA probably gets flash mobs with more people, but for AZ that’s not a bad turn out. And it wasn’t just in the state capital either. Tucson had protesters as well. And I know the activity online is hot and furious–I wonder how many emails and calls the Legislature and Governor are getting now…. The very angry and active LGBTQIA community and others who support them, like myself, need to be heard. That’s who our Reps and Senators should be listening to…not other members of their political party from out of state. Those other Pols are much more concerned about optics than real justice or good governance.
Third, this change of heart is really about money. They spoke to leaders of the business community (Apple, Inc, American Airlines, etc) who said if you do this, not only will tourists stop coming to the state (and we rely heavily on tourism for our economy) but businesses would also stop moving to Arizona.
Fourth and final, I get the impression that they’re saying [paraphrasing] that ‘people’s misconception of the bill is making us look bad.’ No, no that’s not it. What’s making us look bad is literally the bill itself. It’s because the bill is an unconstitutional abomination that makes Arizona look like the home of the American Taliban. Who needs to worry about Sharia Law? It’s not the scary Muslim Usurper in the White House you need to worry about. It’s the American (supposed) Christians that are trying to install their very own theocracy that keeps me up at night. They need to stay out of people’s bed rooms and treat everyone with respect, compassion and kindness….I seem to recall a famous guy who purportedly lived in The Holy Land about 2,000 years ago saying something like this…..hmmmm….if only I could recall his name…….if only THEY could recall his teachings.