The Advocate reports:
The bill passed 33-27, largely along party lines, though three House Republicans opposed the legislation. The measure would give legal protection to businesses and individuals that deny goods and services to certain consumers — for instance, same-sex couples having a wedding or commitment ceremony — on the grounds that doing so would place a substantial burden on their exercise of religion. The service provider could use religious beliefs as a defense in a discrimination lawsuit. This could affect not only LGBT people but also, for instance, single women or people of different religions.
Similar measures have been proposed in several states in the wake of discrimination complaints by gay couples, but Arizona is poised to be the first to pass one into law. Brewer has five days to sign the bill, veto it, or do nothing and allow it to become law without her signature, The Arizona Republic reports.
Will Brewer sign it? She’s bucked her party before, notably on the Medicaid expansion under the ACA. And the law seems to me to be patently unconstitutional. But I’m no lawyer.
In related news, the Arizona Republic newspaper is urging Governor Brewer to veto the bill.
Twin bills, SB 1062 and HB 2153, are promoted by socially conservative groups that oppose gay marriage. The proposed law is so poorly crafted it could allow a Muslim taxi driver to refuse service to a woman traveling alone. Lawmakers opposed to this bill list a series of such scenarios. The real target, however, is the gay and lesbian community… In the rush to prevent anticipated problems, this bill elevates the religious beliefs of some above the civil rights of others. There has to be a better way to address the concerns of photographers who oppose gay marriage, especially in a state that doesn’t allow gay marriage…
This bill is a do-it-yourself black eye that would tag Arizona as a champion of anachronistic views of sexual orientation. That’s not just the wrong side of history; it’s the dumb side of economic development. We urge the governor to veto this bill as part of her continuing message that Arizona is open for business.
Amen to that.
Gay Star News reports:
Despite same-sex marriage legislation being defeated before, gay rights activists are hoping politicians will do the right thing on their second chance. But unlike last time, politicians are discussing the bill on the will of the people.
Under Finnish law, petitions can be started to force parliament to discuss bills that matter – called a ‘citizen’s initiative’. These petitions require 50,000 names within six months. The marriage equality bill achieved nearly 100,000 signatories in 24 hours. With the final tally at 166,000 names, the proposed petition will be discussed in parliament at its initial stage today where it will be sent to Finland’s legal committee.
According to the article, 58% support marriage equality in the country, with only 34% opposed. Will Finland become the next country to approve marriage equality?
Eeew, They’re Holding Hands!
Acting like a petulant sixth grader, the National Organization for Marriage’s Brian Brown is actually going after a California GOP politician for HOLDING HANDS with his “gay lover” in a campaign ad in San Diego. Proving once again that NOM has absolutely NOTHING to do with marriage and everything to do with hating gays. And just how juvenile they can be.
Shame. Shame! SHAME ON YOU!
That’s about the best NOM has got in response to Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum’s decision to no longer defend the state’s gay marriage ban. That and an assertion that there’s tons of evidence to support these bans in court. If so, how come you guys never bring it to the hearings?
I Woke Up As A Black, Disabled, One Armed, Drug-Addicted, Jewish Homosexual On a Pacemaker Who is HIV-Positive, Bald, Orphaned, Unemployed, Lives in a Slum, [and] Has a Mexican Boyfriend
In what appears to be a right-winger’s fever dream, Wisconsin Goveronor Scott Walker’s former Chief of Staff when Walker was a County Executive sent out racist, sexist, homophobic emails like the one including the Z”joke” above. It really gives you a (filthy) window into the mindset of the folks who think all democrats are disgusting takers. The punchline? “Please God, don’t tell me I’m a Democrat!” Seriously?
Let’s Make Talking About Being Gay Illegal in the US, Too
Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone thinks Putin’s shiny new anti “gay propaganda” law is just fine, and wishes we’d have one here in the US, too. “I completely agree with those sentiments and if you took a world census you’d find 90% of the world agree with it as well.” Homophobes like Ecclestone can’t even see the rug as it’s being pulled out from under their feet by the arc of history.
The Washington Blade reports:
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced on Thursday she won’t defend the state’s ban on same-sex marriage against a legal challenge, saying the law cannot withstand judicial scrutiny “under any standard of review.” Meanwhile, the campaign led by Oregon United for Marriage to bring marriage equality to the state via ballot measure in November says it is holding the surplus of signatures already collected pending the outcome of the lawsuit.
The hearing in the case is set for April 23rd.
Also, from Oregon United for Marriage, the polling looks good:
The campaign also released updated polling today, showing that 55 percent of likely November voters favor allowing gay and lesbian couples the freedom to marry, with just 41 percent opposed. “This is tremendous news. The Attorney General has taken a close look at the facts, and came to the same conclusion that courts around the country and freedom-minded Oregonians have: there is no reasonable or legal justification to exclude committed gay and lesbian couples from marriage,” campaign manager Mike Marshall says. “The dramatic increase in Oregonians’ support for the freedom to marry–from 42 percent support in May 2010 to 55 percent support today–mirrors the movement we’re seeing nationally. More and more people understand that no one should be denied the freedom to marry the person they love.”
So marriage equality in Oregon by 2015? That would lock up the West Coast…