from The American Thinker:
The religious freedom legislation that gelatin-spined Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed wasn’t controversial until the Left started lying about it.
The state-level civil rights bill that Brewer mothballed Feb. 26 was killed by a media-led propaganda campaign that falsely characterized it as “anti-gay.” To no one’s surprise, both of the GOP’s last two RINO losers, Mitt Romney and John McCain, urged a veto.
As Ed Whelan blogs at National Review,
There has been a blizzard of hysterical misinformation about Arizona’s SB 1062. As anyone who takes the trouble to consult the text of the legislation will readily discover, SB 1062 does not mention, much less single out, gays or same-sex ceremonies.
As Douglas Laycock (who supports redefining marriage to include same-sex couples) and other leading religious-liberty scholars explain in a letter to Arizona governor Jan Brewer, SB 1062 “has been egregiously misrepresented by many of its critics.”
SB 1062 would not have given Arizona residents the right to discriminate. Although freedom of association has been under attack by the Left for decades, Arizona law already acknowledged that residents retain the right to discriminate in at least a few aspects of their private lives.
The veto “marks a sad day for Arizonans who cherish and understand religious liberty,” said Cathi Herrod, president of the Center for Arizona Policy.
SB 1062 passed the legislature for one reason only: to guarantee that all Arizonans would be free to live and work according to their faith. Opponents were desperate to distort this bill rather than debate the merits. Essentially, they succeeded in getting a veto of a bill that does not even exist. When the force of government compels one to speak or act contrary to their conscience, the government injures not only the dignity of the afflicted, but the dignity of our society as a whole.