“In 2008, Arizona voters approved a state constitutional amendment to define marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Now, with their rulings, the federal courts have again thwarted the will of the people and further eroded the authority of states to regulate and uphold our laws.
“It is not only disappointing, but also deeply troubling, that unelected federal judges can dictate the laws of individual states, create rights based on their personal policy preferences and supplant the will of the people in an area traditionally left to the states for more than two hundred years.
“As Justice Scalia opined, such action is tantamount to ‘an assertion of judicial supremacy over the people’ and is an image of the judiciary ‘that would have be en unrecognizable to those who wrote and ratified our national charter.’ Simply put, courts should not be in the business of making and changing laws based on their personal agendas.
“It is not the role of the judiciary to determine that same-sex marriages should be allowed. Historically and traditionally, that power belongs to the states, and to the people. If society wants to recognize same-sex marriage or civil unions, that decision should be made through our elected representatives or at the ballot – not the courts.” – Arizona Gov. Leatherface Jan Brewer, crying crocodile tears via press release.
Posted by the National Organization for Marriage President and bigot Brian Brownshit to his evil minions on NOM’s website yesterday
“If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the years from witnessing the redefinition of marriage in several states and in other places around the world, it is that there is an inevitable impasse between the genderless marriage regime and the conscience rights of those who believe in marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Wherever marriage is redefined, the story is the same: florists, photographers, bakers, caterers, social hall owners — anyone who runs a business that caters to the celebration of nuptials — these individuals are forced to choose between their deeply held beliefs about marriage and the prospect of being forced out of business by onerous lawsuits claiming ‘discrimination.’
So I’m asking you to take action today to support two state-level pieces of legislation which aim to protect individuals and their businesses from legal reprisals for declining to participate in same-sex ‘marriages.’ The bills are pending in Arizona and Kansas.
Urge Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to Sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Thanks for standing with us to protect marriage and the faith communities that sustain it.
Brian S. Brown
Meanwhile almost a whole week AFTER this whole fiasco started the Human Rights Campaign has FINALLY sent out a rather boilerplate press release:
Allowing the Senate passage of Arizona’s so-called “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin released the following statement: “This bill is bad for business, bad for the LGBT community and bad for all Arizonans. Governor Brewer, who herself described it as very controversial, must veto it and send a strong message that legally sanctioned discrimination has no place in Arizona. “Religious groups have a long established first amendment ability to operate according to their own beliefs. However, when individuals or businesses go out into the commercial market, they must abide by legal non-discrimination provisions. “When providing a service to the public, a business owner shouldn’t pick and choose who they want to provide a service to and who they want to deny. Instead of protecting religious liberty, this bill gives license for discrimination to run rampant across the state.”
You know since its good for their business and donations if President Obama had said the slightest thing about gay people HRC and Chad “I was born a poor homo in Alabama and now make 375k a year for HRC” Griffin would be writing press releases in tongues and bombarding the media outlets within 5 minutes of it happening
Then people wonder why 45 year after Stonewall we still don;t have equality.
In 2011 the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a temporary injunction from a lower court that blocked a 2009 state law eliminating health-insurance coverage for same-sex partners of state employees from taking effect signed by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that overturned a 2008 executive order from her predecessor, Gov. Janet Napolitano, who used administrative powers to grant the coverage.
After the 2011 decision, Brewer and her lawyers asked the Ninth Circuit to re-hear the case en banc, or by an 11-judge panel. On April 3, the Ninth Circuit denied the request.
The Ninth Circuit ruling, which upheld a trial-court ruling, kept an Arizona law from going into effect that, as the appeals court held, “would have terminated eligibility for health-care benefits of state employees’ same-sex partners
In a July 2 filing noted on the Supreme Court docket, lawyers for the governor have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the September 2011 decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that had the effect of keeping same-sex partners’ health-care benefits in place in the state.
The case, Brewer v. Diaz, is No. 12-23 is now on the Supreme Court docket.
Lambda Legal which is representing the plaintiff couples, who have until August 6 to submit their response to the governor’s petition.