Former Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard’s new television spot features Melanie Puskar-Blakely, Tonya Blakely and their two children discussing state Sen. Michele Reagan’s vote in favor of SB 1062 a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse services to LGBT people on “religious freedom” grounds, which Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed in February.
“State Sen. Reagan voted for that hateful legislation and stood with those who would make us second-class citizens, even at the risk of losing the Super Bowl,” Puskar-Blakely says. “With that record, how can we trust her to be fair as Secretary of State?”
After Brewer vetoed the bill, Reagan did a 360 and released a statement saying she was “pleased” the governor did so and feigning ignorance of its consequences. “I’m pleased that the governor had the courage and good sense to veto SB 1062,” the statement read. “It was the right decision. I regret specifically that the members of the Senate were not fully educated or informed of this legislation.”
Despite the fact that SB 1062 was passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature and only voted by Brewer because of the threat of the losing the Super Bowl, Netroots Nation in 2015 will be hosted in Phoenix next July.
Back2Stonewall.com will not be attending.