I happened to say that the governor of Arizona is being bullied. Is there any doubt she’s being bullied? And yet this was thought to be the most outrageous, insensitive, over-the-top comment that anyone could make about what’s going on in Arizona, the fact that I said that Governor Brewer was being bullied. Look, when the National Football League threatens you with taking the Super Bowl away from Phoenix unless you do what they want you to do, are you being bullied or not? I mean, it is hilarious. I’ll let you hear the sound bites. – Rush Limbaugh
WITH THE Super Bowl hanging in the balance, and the NFL on Tuesday saying they were following “the issue in Arizona,” Governor Jan Brewer finally decided to veto SB 1062. But it was touch and go for days, because every time Brewer was asked about the immoral and anti-American legislation she had said she’d made no decision.
“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard,” the statement read. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.” [NFL]
Watching this story play out in the news has been absolutely surreal.
Gov. Jan Brewer made the decision late Wednesday.
“To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes,” she said. “However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.
“Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value. So is non-discrimination.”
It’s not like Arizona hasn’t been through this before.
Super Bowl XXVII was slated to be contested in Tempe but was moved to Pasadena, Calif., because the state had failed to create a holiday commemorating civil rights activist Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Arizona decided to recognize the holiday in late 1992. [NFL]
What’s truly been reprehensible about this entire farce is to watch old white men parade on camera to either support the bill or give economic reasons why the bill should be vetoed. Worse was the case made that for religious reasons discrimination was necessary against gays and lesbians.
What would have happened if the Super Bowl wasn’t in the mix? Would Gov. Jan Brewer have vetoed the offensive legislation?
The point is that she did veto the bill and everyone knows the reason why.