Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer did the math and made the right decision Wednesday to veto a bill from the state Legislature that would have made it legal for people and businesses to use their religious beliefs as a shield in refusing to serve gays.
Her office said it had gotten more than 40,000 calls and emails on the legislation. Most insisted that she veto the discriminatory bill.
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After more than 60 years of civil rights efforts, the country has advanced past openly bigoted treatment toward gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender persons. In all likelihood, the efforts of some to turn back the clock finally will result in lawmakers nationally making sexual orientation a protected class against discrimination just like race, ethnicity, gender, age and disability.
Brewer may have picked up a lesson from Kansas, where the House in Topeka had passed a similar discriminatory bill, but the Senate balked in going along.
The Missouri General Assembly has a pending bill. It, too, should be torpedoed.
And then voters need to seriously consider whether they need a different set of officeholders in statehouses nationwide and in Congress. Those new politicians will have to better represent the true interests and sensibilities of the people and not just big funders.
Obviously from the bad bills that are being pushed now, that’s not the case.