Some Arizona legislators are ready to revive Senate Bill 1062. The legislation was last winter’s anti-gay hate bill that nearly sent the business community into a melt-down over the potential for lost revenue before it was vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer.
Arizona legislators are tone-deaf sheep, as well as hateful.
These unbelievable, tone-deaf idiots are being whipped up by the Alliance Defending Freedom. The conservative group, based in Scottsdale, AZ, provided the legal defense for the state’s gay marriage ban. Having lost in court, they are looking for other ways to work their will upon the state. Their latest tactic is to send letters to all of the county clerks, telling them that if they have religious or moral objections, they can refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. In Maricopa County, which contains Phoenix, one employee has made such objections and was promptly transferred to another position.
(A)n employer must make reasonable adjustments to the work environment, or to the employee’s job requirements, to ensure that the employee’s ability to maintain his or her religious conscience remains unimpeded.
The Alliance Defending Freedom (ha!) is making mischief in other states, as well, specifically the states where same-sex marriage bans have also been overturned — Idaho, Nevada, and North Carolina. The American Civil Liberties Union is providing training to counter this noxious influence with what should be obvious: religious freedom “does not give anyone the right to harm or discriminate against other people.”
The legislators are displaying their own unique brand of caution in approaching the issue, as many of them told the Arizona Republic. Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix, said:
SB 1062 is so pregnant with built-in assumptions, I’d like a different (bill) number.
Because obviously the citizens of Arizona, and especially the business community, are so stupid, they won’t recognize the hate bill if it has a different number on it!
Don’t legislators have more important things to deal with, like Ebola?
Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Gilbert, thinks more practical matters should probably get the legislature’s attention first. Her take:
I don’t want to see a circus again. We have to focus on the Ebola virus, if it comes here, and the budget.
Ebola? IF it comes here? At least she tacked on dealing with the budget, as an afterthought.
Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, showed a glimmer of insight into the storm of controversy from last year — though he didn’t rule out addressing the right-to-hate-and-discriminate law again. Still, he did tell the Republic:
How many times do you have to touch the same hot stove before you stop?
Oh, I think the Arizona legislature won’t hesitate to show us. When they do, may they get thoroughly burned by the same businesses and organizations who threatened to either shut down the state or leave it during the last round.