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Brewer vetoes SB 1062

Timothy Kincaid

February 26th, 2014

Brewer’s remarks

Good evening, and thank you for joining me here today.

I am here to announce my decision on Senate Bill 1062.

As with every proposal that reaches my desk, I gave Senate Bill 1062 careful evaluation and deliberate consideration. I call them like I see them, despite the cheers or boos from the crowd.

I took the time necessary to make the RIGHT decision. I met or spoke with my attorneys, lawmakers and citizens supporting and opposing this legislation. I listened and asked questions. As Governor, I have protected religious freedoms when there is a specific and present concern that exists in OUR state. And I have the record to prove it. My agenda is to sign into law legislation that advances Arizona.

When I addressed the Legislature earlier this year, I made my priorities for this session abundantly clear… Among them are passing a responsible budget that continues Arizona’s economic Comeback.

From CEOs — to entrepreneurs — to business surveys — Arizona ranks as one the best states to grow or start a business. Additionally, our IMMEDIATE challenge is fixing a broken Child Protection system. Instead, this is the first policy bill to cross my desk.

Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of 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.

After weighing all of the arguments, I vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago. To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before.

Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes. 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 no one would ever want.

Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination. Going forward, let’s turn the ugliness of the debate over Senate Bill 1062 into a renewed search for greater respect and understanding among ALL Arizonans and Americans. Thank you.

(text from Towelroad)

Note the careful way in which she discusses the challenges to long held norms about marriage and family and dramatic change without actually stating her opinions about such challenges and change.



February 27th, 2014 | LINK

I think she used just enough words to get her points across.

Including the careful way she told the legislature to stop wasting everyone’s time on s**t like this: “Additionally, our IMMEDIATE challenge is fixing a broken Child Protection system. Instead, this is the first policy bill to cross my desk.”

February 27th, 2014 | LINK

She is a microcosm of the troubles the GOP is facing these days, and those comments Timothy highlighted effectively capture the two-pronged rhetorical approach Republicans are starting to take on the national level.

1. She’s playing both sides. She knows she must be sympathetic to conservatives to keep them voting for her and her party, but she also knows that those conservatives are neither monolithic nor a sufficiently large voting bloc. In particular, those who oppose marriage but would think it wrong to discriminate otherwise require walking an increasingly fine line to keep happy.

2. She gives up. She has better things to do than worry about who’s marrying whom. Better to focus on things that really are hurting (or really could hurt) her constituents. LGBT rights no longer fall under the category of imminent threats.

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