The Arizona Legislature passed a bill – SB1062 – that’s caused an arguably bigger firestorm than SB 1070, the illegal immigration bill that passed several years ago. SB1062 was ostensibly aimed at providing legal protection to business owners who choose not to do business with homosexual couples related to marriage. It was viewed by supporters as an affirmation of Religious Liberty and by opponents as a “Jim Crow” law. Governor Jan Brewer – who is secretly John McCain in drag – vetoed the legislation today.
While quibbling over the concept of “religious liberty” isn’t out of order, the law was in no way, shape, or form a “Jim Crow” law. Those laws were laws passed by southern Democrats after reconstruction that forbade businesses from doing business with blacks. SB1062 didn’t forbid anybody from doing anything; it simply gave pastry shop owners the right to refuse to bake a wedding cake for a single sex marriage ceremony.
Here’s CNN’s Anderson Cooper with an unbiased summary of the issue.
We are evangelical Christians; we believe that marriage should be between one man and one woman. We liked the Senate Bill. That said, we won’t be losing sleep over the veto.
Please note that we’re not going to comment on any Biblical stuff about this, and we’re not going to address the law. Mr. Google can help you find all of that stuff. Frankly, most of it is incoherent and a waste of time.
We’re also not commenting on the people who have chosen up sides on this including Mitt Romney, John McCain, and the National Football League. Looking that up is an even bigger waste of time.
We are stuck with a practical streak and that keeps us from getting all that worked up and keeps us from caring what anybody’s opinion happens to be. Had Brewer signed the legislation law suits would have flown in from every direction. A federal judge would immediately issue an injunction stopping enforcement of the law until it’s been reviewed by the courts.
The case will be heard, probably in 2015, and a decision will likely come down against the new law. The State of Arizona will likely appeal and the case will end up in the 9th Circus. In 2016 the Circus will find against the new law. They just don’t like Arizona.
The case will then be referred to the Supremes. If they choose to hear it – which we seriously doubt – it’ll be 2017 with the decision scheduled for 2018.
We just don’t have the patience on this issue for that circus. Let’s spend our time, money, and effort on something that really will make a difference. This won’t and a civil society will manage to survive the veto of this legislation.