I think it’s safe to say that if Arizona Governor Jan Brewer doesn’t veto the anti-LGBT bill passed by the Arizona state legislature, all hell’s going to break loose. For the life of me, judging by the backlash it’s received, I can’t even imagine how this atrocity even passed the legislature.
Then again this is Arizona, so very little surprises me.
Proponents of the bill have pathetically tried to paint it as a “religious freedom” bill. A title that actually causes me to laugh a little bit. They’re literally trying to legalize discrimination by evoking religion.
But don’t kid yourself for a second, this kind of legislation is exactly what we would see in a nation run by the tea party. See, in their minds preventing them from being able to discriminate against people they disagree with is somehow an infringement on their rights. Basically, because certain laws prevent them from denying someone else their rights, they feel that’s an infringement on theirs.
This bill in Arizona has put on the forefront exactly how radical the far-right has become and showcased exactly what they want to try to turn this country into.
Thankfully, opposition to the bill has been fierce. Companies like Marriott and American Airlines have already voiced their concerns over the bill, and even the NFL has openly condemned it. The NFL being particularly interesting because next year’s Super Bowl is slated to be held in Arizona. And while the NFL hasn’t threatened to move the game, if this bill became law, I could definitely see it being considered.
Well, another big name has decided to voice their displeasure with this law. Apple apparently reached out to Governor Jan Brewer’s office, telling her that if this bill becomes law it could negatively impact the new Sapphire glass plant they’re just about to open up in the state.
Being that Apple has a history as advocates for LGBT rights, if I were Jan Brewer, I wouldn’t take their input lightly.
I still can’t get over the fact that people who support this bill are actually doing so in the name of “religious freedom.” In this country we have complete religious freedom. What we don’t have is the freedom to use that religion to discriminate against those with which we disagree.
This bill is nothing more than an unmitigated disaster waiting to happen. Part of me almost wishes she would sign it into law just to see the incredible backlash Republicans would face within the state.
Though that desire doesn’t outweigh my passion for supporting equal rights, so the sensible side of me hopes that what my gut is telling me is true, and there’s no way Governor Brewer signs this bill into law.