Toronto Diary
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Arizona’s anti-gay bill has been vetoed

All right, collective exhale, everyone. The fucking thing is dead. Dead and gone!

On the off chance you’ve been avoiding any and all news sources for the past week, Arizona has been mulling over a bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to gay patrons or anyone else on the grounds of religious belief. So potentially, a lobster shack could bar service to a gay couple over Leviticus, and not only would it be perfectly legal, but the irony would be completely lost on them.

Thankfully, common sense has prevailed, as the bill has been vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer.

According to The Globe and Mail, Brewer noted that the bill had “potential to create more damage than the problems it purports to solve.” She also noted that due to the vague language of the bill and the wildly varying nature of personal beliefs, the whole thing could have had “unintended and negative consequences.” I’m pretty sure the intended consequences would have been pretty negative too, but that’s just me.

Well good news, everyone! We dodged a bullet. But really, thank god we don’t have anything like that up here, right? I mean, could you imagine if we had politicians up here using blustering anti-gay rhetoric in order to appeal to far-right voters? It’s a good thing we don't have anyone like that!