“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out–
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me–and there was no one left to speak for me.”
– MARTIN NIEMÖLLER
All the uproar over SB1062 may have seemed hysterical at first, but to me, the issue essentially came down to this: the freedom to discriminate towards one group means giving others the freedom to discriminate against you. Why would we want that included in our state laws? I am a religious person but I do not see any benefit in this law to my ability to practice and believe.
I’m glad Governor Brewer was sensible enough to veto this bill. We have much bigger things to take care of in Arizona from improving the economy, quality of education, immigration reform, access to healthcare and social services, conserving our resources etc. etc. I hope we can now focus our attention to solving those problems!