After a controversial week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062. In a statement she said that the bill “does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty” and that it “has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.” Supporters had said the bill would help protect religious liberty but opponents said it would legalize discrimination against gays and lesbians.
“The AP, along with a lot of other media, was inaccurately depicting what this bill actually was. It was not a law that targeted gays” pointed out Morning Answer co-host Elisha Krauss.
“There are at least three ways that this is a massive cop-out, and by the way, it’s not unique to Jan Brewer, and this is what upsets me about the current state of the Republican party,” opined co-host Ben Shapiro. “Both of our two presidential candidates in the last elections have come out against the Arizona bill. All the Arizona bill does is it re-enshrines the purpose of the First Amendment which is, ‘It’s my business how I treat you in my business.’ There are two separate provisions of the First Amendment that protect this – Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Association… Both of these should be inarguable. Inarguable! But for people on the right who are so intimidated by the gay lobby…they come out and say ‘Oh well you know, this is going to allow discrimination for gays…’ We have rights… the government doesn’t allow me to do anything, the government is my subject!”
“The government is an agent to defend Civil Rights of people and to tell someone you’re not going to serve them because they might be gay or Jewish or Christian is a violation of their civil rights!” responded Morning Answer co-host Brian Whitman. He went on to say he believes that it is the responsibility of the government to defend the civil rights of an American citizen to not be denied service in the public square because of what they look like or what they believe.
“You do not have a right to come in to my business, and you do not have the right to demand anything of me,” Ben replied sternly. “If we have these rights of one another, then I can demand anything of you… At what point does it stop? Is it just that the government is now a tool to be wielded by whatever majority that wants to oppress whatever minority?”
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