Some Arizona lawmakers are having second thoughts about passing their gay-bashing bill.
Three Republican senators who voted for Senate Bill 1062 say they made a bad decision in a rushed process and are now asking Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the right to refuse service bill.
“We feel it was a solution in search of a problem,” Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said in an impromptu news conference outside the state Senate. He was joined by Sen. Steve Pierce, R-Prescott.
The two, along with Senate Majority Whip Adam Driggs, R-Phoenix, sent Brewer a letter this morning asking for a veto.
“While our sincere intent in voting for this bill was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has instead been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance,” the three wrote. “These allegations are causing our state immeasurable harm.”
Such courage. Even after realizing that they really screwed up, they can’t help blaming others for the bad press: “the bill has instead been mischaracterized.” Yeah, right. Nice try, fellas. You knew exactly what you were voting for when it was being debated on the floor of the Senate because just about everyone who spoke against it said the intent was to codify discrimination against the LGBT community or anyone else who didn’t fit into your neat little white bread definition of “sincerely held religious beliefs.”