In an ironic twist, many progressive Democrat party activists are outraged that Governor Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed people with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse to serve gays.
Senate Bill 1062 was controversial, and positioned Arizona into the middle of the debate over gay versus Christian rights. The potential approving of the bill caused warnings from major corporations and political leaders from across the political spectrum.
In a carefully worded statement, Governor Brewer said:
“I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated. "The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences. 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 nobody could ever want."
The governor’s veto caused anger among progressive supporters of gay rights because it took the subject “off the table” for the 2014 election cycle.
With democrats up for election facing voter scrutiny over the Affordable Care Act and the spiraling deficit, progressives were counting on Governor Brewer to actually sign the bill. Now that it has been vetoed, many Democrats worry they may be forced to focus on other issues.
Liz Schneck, a 25 year old progressive activist and gay rights supporter instantly expressed outrage over the governor’s veto at a progressive action meeting last night in Northern Liberties. “This will not stand!, said Schneck, “we needed this one”.
Progressives have been urged to mute their anger over Governor Brewer’s veto as a new strategy for 2014 is formed.