Mitt Romney Urges Arizona Governor To Veto Bill Seen As Anti-Gay

Tweets at Jan Brewer to scrap controversial bill allowing businesses to refuse services to gay and lesbian couples

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The Republican Party’s 2012 presidential nominee became the latest high-profile public figure to criticize a bill in Arizona that would permit businesses to refuse services to gay and lesbian couples based on religious beliefs.

Mitt Romney urged Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill in a tweet Tuesday:

Romney, a former chairman of the Republican Governor’s Association, signaled Brewer should scrap the legislation despite his stated opposition to gay marriage. Earlier this month, the former Massachusetts governor reaffirmed his belief that marriage should be between one man and one woman on NBC’s Meet the Press.

Brewer must decide whether to sign or veto the controversial legislation before Saturday, according to CNN.

The bill has divided opinion in Arizona, with critics arguing it unfairly discriminates against gays and lesbians and supporters claiming it protects religious freedoms.

John McCain, Arizona’s Republican senator, has also criticized the bill, as have several prominent voices in the business community, including American Airlines, Apple, Marriott Hotels and the National Football League.

The bill was approved by the state’s Senate and House last week.

20 comments
JayChong
JayChong

Do business owners have the right to exclude anymore? Forget the religious liberty stuff, businesses should be able to do as they please unless it is illegal. Given the political climate, the free market should be enough to punish companies which choose to discriminate, regardless of the rational. If the baker refuses to serve you, take your dollars next door.

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TheXYGeneration
TheXYGeneration

Believing in a god, no matter what name you want to use is a good thing, but religions and churches were created to control people. Remember how many wars have run in the name of God, how many priests abuse kids, how many of them are actually gay. Most religious principles and books were written by men not by Gods and they were written based on the the believes of the person who wrote them. I believe Mother Nature is God and I don't think she would like to see their kids killing and hating each other just for having differences, no mother will hate her own child for being different than her other kids and no mother will hate their kids for being black, gay, divorced, etc, in fact no mother will hate their kids even if they are the worse person in the world, so what right we have to discriminate those that are different that us? If there's a God I'm sure he or she will have a special place in his or her heart for those that are discriminated www.thexygeneration.com

KevinWern
KevinWern

O for the good old days when they were still in the closet.

AlessandraBarros
AlessandraBarros

Watch liberals throw the 1st Amendment down the toilet live this week in Arizona. My prediction is that Brewer will cave in to the gay/liberal-stapo. This is the future - that is, the future is here and it's homosexuality shoved down your throats through legislation and informal actions destroying any right to freedom of conscience or religion.

The 1st Amendment has been buried. It exists only as a joke and as a  reminder of a bygone era where it once was taken seriously and had any real meaning.

Predictably, all the CINOs jumped on the opportunity to kiss the gaystapo's behind to get them some pink/center votes for upcoming elections (Gingrich, Romney, both Arizona senators: John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R) - with Republicans like these, who needs liberals?)

Predictably as well, and equally disgusting, were the usual gaystapo corporations
trying to twist Brewer's arm to veto the bill with all kinds of threats  (Apple, Delta, the NFL - the NFL? Talk about the power of homosexuals to corrupt institutions). I do not want Apple deciding what is religious freedom in this country - and who can and cannot have it - or any other entity that thinks they can dictate law (and trample on the most fundamental freedom rights) simply because they have a pile of money.

I still don't understand why people don't grasp that refusing to serve or work with people who have a destructive sexuality agenda is a refusal to support a political ideology - a right which can never be banned and which can never be equated to refusing service to a person because they have dark skin. Conditioned people simply can't think outside what they have been conditioned to think.

jmac
jmac

Romney, McCain and those three Senators who voted for the bill and have now back-tracked all realize the business community will be aghast should she not veto.


She will veto.  Not because it's the right thing to do but because Big Business has spoken.    

GuoLiang
GuoLiang

Gays are a non-issue exaggerated by the left to create another victim class. I'd like to marry a man if I wanted to, but it's not so important that I'd vote for a party who's dedicated to turning the country into an equalist sh|thole.

auronlu
auronlu

Technically, the bill would also let persons of other religions bar extremist Christians from booking hotel rooms, buying groceries at their stories, commissioning wedding cakes, etc. Not that it would happen, but would be interesting to see how the far right evangelicals pushing for this would react if they were barred from entering a restaurant or any other establishment because of Christian stickers on their cars or for wearing crosses. 

jjbigmotors
jjbigmotors

I wish they would elborate more and just not give a comment, worse yet a twet.  Why did romney say this. It is a step in the right direction. Freedom of speech has been stomped on, and now we are not allowed to have free thought, if you dont think like they do, then your wrong is the message, versus look at everything and make up your own mind.   For sure none of the homosexual issue every won a vote by the people, and its all judical and legislative, and thats not democracy. 

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@AlessandraBarros  Just what part of your religion have any gays hurt you or your business.  I seriously doubt that any one who is gay would want to do business with a company that doesn't want their business and they will tell their friends to respect your rights to be a bigot.  Why put yourself in a position to be hated on when there are always other places that will gladly take your money.  Any Republican solution to a non-problem!


Those aren't corporate threats other than that their employees shouldn't be subject to laws aimed at them. If you hire people on their ability and not the color of their skin or their sex or their religion or their sexuality,  why would you want to be in a place that did.  The only "gay agenda" is to be allowed to be left alone to live their lives.  They definitely don't want to be your BFF!


And BTW, there are gays in your life who probably have to hide it from you because of your attitude.  Too bad for you.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@auronlu  I remember when I lived there that when the NCAA championship game between BYU and another team was played in Phoenix (actually Mesa), the business were pushing for any team other than BYU because the fans would come to town with a Bible and a $10 bill and not break either one for the entire week-end.

jmac
jmac

@auronlu  Christians can't be discriminated against.   It's the law of the land.   Gays do not have the same protection Christians have.


That's called discrimination.  

exit63
exit63

@jjbigmotors  first off, you can't even use the english language properly so your argument is already invalid. second, this "freedom of speech" you claim to care about so deeply about works both ways here, but it is clear that your brain capacity can't handle understanding that. third, if you- i don't know- paid any attention to the politics that you are trying to pretend that you understand, you would know that voters in washington, maryland and maine approved gay marriage in their state. so basically, you have no idea what you're talking about and this is why people like you should not be allowed to vote. however in this great country of ours, you have the FREEDOM to do that. and i have the FREEDOM to eat at whatever restaurant i want to. 

rhysem
rhysem

@jjbigmotors The United States is not a Democracy.  We are a Republic.  We elect representatives to govern in our names.  The Constitution is however the supreme law of the land.  When our representatives error and make laws that are unconstitutional the courts intervene and overturn them.  This is the basic premise behind separation of powers.  Especially in the case of "rights," the majority should never vote to grant or remove inherent rights.  That is the basis for majority oppression and dictatorship.  Throughout our history the courts have defended minority rights time after time... and correctly so.

ARTRaveler
ARTRaveler

@retiredvet @jmac  They pulled the Super Bowl from Phoenix in 1998 because the state wouldn't recognize the MLK holiday.  The game was played in Pasadena.  Repeatedly doing the same thing and expecting different results is te definition of insanity.

manlyman
manlyman

@rhysem @jjbigmotors If I don't like the color of your shirt I sould be allowed to refuse doing business with you. It would be stupid, my business would suffer, and my loss would be another business's gain. Our economy is in the sh!tter, our right and ability to defend ourselves, personally and and as a nation is being greatly compromised, and all this is is another diversion. Check out that squirell over there. Nevermind that grizzly bear standing behind you.

AlessandraBarros
AlessandraBarros

@Tonaaay @AlessandraBarros@ARTRaveler Freedom of conscience means that no one has to support a rapist, or pornographer, or a sexual molester, or a swinger, or a person with a homosexual problem, etc., when they are being "themselves" - that is, when they want to push their deformed sexuality agenda and coerce me to push it too. 

This is what this bill would have protected - and which is what the 1st Amendment is written to protect. But people like you have thrown the 1st Amendment in the trash.  When we have freedom of conscience, we have the choice not to provide services to destructive or immoral people of any kind. Lastly, you are quite mistaken about  what Jesus commands - he's not a homosexual pedophile Nazi as much as you would like him to be one, and he would never command anyone to be in the service of evil or destructive ideologies, including sexuality agendas, which is what you are pushing. When anywhere in the bible it says love, it means you are going to mentor that person away from sin. Supporting destructive and perverted ideologies is a sin. And although I suspect you'd just as eagerly throw the bible in the trash as you did with the Constitution, if that is not the case, you should not serve evil and destructive people and their agendas thinking this was commanded by Jesus. The only command there came from pigs of human beings.

Tonaaay
Tonaaay

@AlessandraBarros @ARTRaveler

That would be a good argument, except gay marriage is already illegal in AZ, so they have no need to worry about that. This bill could ONLY be used to deny service to individuals for being themselves. Being forced to participate in a ceremony you disagree with is wrong, but I suspect that photographer will win the case, and moreover, there's nothing wrong (or contrary to your religion) with serving a meal to someone you disagree with, or even who you think is a sinner. In fact, Jesus commands you to love and serve your neighbor no matter their sins.