Hate Can't Make Up Its Mind In Arizona


No gays allowed

Well, that (un)progressive state of Arizona is at it again. The "papers please" state recently sent a bill to Governor Jan Brewer which would greatly and adversely affect the LGBT community in the state. At the same time, it could even have further implications, making discrimination against women and immigrants viable. The bottom line to this bill is that it's simply hateful. And the sad part of this promoted bill is that it's intended, at least publicly, to be religiously motivated.

It's hard to imagine a discriminatory bill is based on a cockeyed outlook of religion. I'm not sure if it was just a great PR push by some zealots or ignorance on the part of the state assembly. Either way, there's something awfully wrong if the Governor signs this bill.

Making it easier for Governor Brewer to veto it came yesterday.

Talking Points Memo Livewire:

State Sen. Steve Pierce (R), who voted for the bill, now says it was a bad idea and wants to see the bill vetoed.

“I screwed up,” Pierce told Capitol Media Services on Sunday. “I’m trying to make it right.”

The Republican lawmaker told the Prescott Daily Courier that he doesn't like the attention the bill has brought to the state, although he believes the purpose of the legislation has been misconstrued.

Sen. Steve Pierce

To say that Steve Pierce voted for the bill is an understatement. He pushed it through. It was his baby. Perhaps he's just a bit modest in defining his efforts. I think he's just embarrassed because both he and the bill have been generating so much negative coverage.

Yet, despite Pierce's public admission that the bill was a bad idea, he's still walking his position back a bit.

"To say (the bill is) anti-gay is following the feeding frenzy," he added. "I have friends that are gay and I wouldn't do anything to hurt them. This is blown way out of proportion and it's too bad."

How familiar that sounds to shield oneself against other forms of bigotry with  bromides like, "Some of my best friends are Jewish," or "some of my best friends are Black."

Maybe the truth here is that Sen. Pierce might have made both of those statements to justify his evil -- but that would require him to prove he had any friends at all. After this bill's exposure, I'm not too sure anyone's lining up to wear that mantle.