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Brewer vetoes SB 1062: 'Could divide Arizona in ways we cannot imagine'

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062 on Wednesday, saying it would "create more problems than it purports to solve... Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination ... I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated."... Read more»

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Feb 27, 2014, 9:58 am
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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial anti-gay…

This is where I stopped reading. I am disappointed. I expected better from the Sentinel. Have you even read the bill? Where in there does it talk about gays, or even discrimination or businesses? Who in the world created this boogeyman?

I didn’t support the bill, but based on the fact that the wording was ambiguous and the change wasn’t necessary. I have no idea why the media wanted to figuratively yell “fire” in a crowded movie theater and create this mass-hysteria…well, other than to boost mouse click and ratings, I mean.

In a way, I’m feeling kid of stupid, like I missed an opportunity. If it is this easy to distort something to greatly and get so many people on-board with your artificially-created hysteria, I’m thinking I could have somehow leveraged it to get Monday Night Football back on ABC where it rightly belongs.

Feb 27, 2014, 10:31 am
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Bret, the bill was justified in the minds of its backers because of anti-discrimination cases in other states involving providing services for gay weddings. Before the uproar, they plainly said that it was written to allow businesses to refuse service to gays if they cited religion. Some legislators who voted for it said during floor debates that business owners should be free to discriminate against not just LGBT people, but any minority they don’t like. After voting for the bill, Steve Pierce said he changed his mind, acknowledging that it would lead to discrimination.

Feb 27, 2014, 10:41 am
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@Dylan Smith

So, you’ve been granted telepathic powers? Or you just prefer to judge based on potential arguments for or against the bill rather than just reading the bill itself and making up your own mind?

Isn’t this the text-book definition of “strawman argument”?

While it is probably true that many of the backers of the bill were themselves “anti-gay”, and the crafters of the bill may very well may have been motivated by being anti-gay, that doesn’t make the bill itself anti-gay. Whether or not the bill itself is anti-gay can only be accurately determined by tuning out all the rhetoric and reading the bill itself, and then judging the anti-gayness of the bill based solely on the words contained therein. If you do all of that…it is just not there. Its just not. Maybe this fact doesn’t make for as interesting of a story…

We can already kick gays out of our business if we so choose here in Arizona…would the energies put into this hysteria have been better spent to change that rather than protesting SB1062?

Feb 27, 2014, 10:51 am
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Bret, Tucson’s had a law barring discrimination based on sexual orientation since 1999. Phoenix and Flagstaff passed such ordinances last year — you’d know that if you read the report.

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