Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, waded into the fray surrounding Arizona's controversial religious freedom bill which opponents say discriminates against gays when he urged the state's Republican Gov. Jan Brewer to veto it because it is the "right" thing to do.
In a tweet to Gov. Brewer shared with his 1.55 million followers Tuesday evening, Romney noted: "veto of #SB1062 is right." It has since been retweeted more than 2,500 times as of Wednesday morning and has more than 1,400 favorites.
Romney's tweet came as a surprise to many, particularly due to his staunch opposition to same-sex marriage. "This coming from the guy who opposed same sex marriage. Massachusetts as governor? @MittRomney:@GovBrewer: veto of #SB1062 is right," tweeted Jason Evan Mihalko. more >>
The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee denounced on Monday Arizona's S.B. 1062, a bill that clarifies an existing state law, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which protects the religious freedom of its citizens. Opponents of the bill claim it was passed by anti-gay bigots with the intent of denying public accommodations for gays.
"We share the NFL's core values which embrace tolerance, diversity, inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination. In addition, a key part of the mission for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is to promote the economic vitality of Arizona. On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential. We do not support this legislation. Instead, we look forward to continuing to promote the NFL's values while focusing on the economic momentum apparent in Arizona and capturing the positive worldwide attention associated with hosting Super Bowl XLIX," the Committee said in a statement.
S.B. 1062 makes some changes to RFRA that primarily does three things: it clarifies that Arizonan's religious freedom is still protected when they become part of a partnership, association, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution, or business organization; it clarifies that the government does not have to be a party in the suit to bring an RFRA claim; and it requires that those who sue under RFRA show that it is based upon an actual religious belief, that they hold strongly to that religious faith, and that a state action burdened their religious belief. more >>
Michigan pastors representing about 1,000 churches gathered in Detroit on Monday to affirm their stance on marriage in light of a federal court trial that began Tuesday involving a lesbian couple who is seeking to reverse the state's gay marriage ban and adoption law.
The group met to discuss their support of a 2004 Michigan amendment, approved by the majority of voters, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman, and they are now concerned that the trial will undermine that law.
"We, over 100 pastors and Christian leaders from not only Detroit, but across the State of Michigan want to send a message that there are yet still pastors in the city and state who stand by both our Michigan Constitution and our Judeo Christian values," said Pastor Lennell Caldwell of First Baptist World Changers, in a statement. more >>
A conservative LGBT organization will be part of this year's Conservative Political Action Conference event in Washington, DC after long being banned from the event.
GOProud, a pro-gay group that holds several politically conservative views, will participate in CPAC next month as a guest organization.
The president of Uganda has signed into law a bill that expands the legal punishment for homosexuality in the East African nation.
Known as the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, President Yoweri Museveni signed it into law Monday, remarking that "there is something really wrong with" homosexuality.
"No study has shown you can be homosexual by nature … That man can choose to love a man ... is a matter of choice. After listening to the scientists, I got the facts," said Museveni, as reported by the AFP. more >>
Should government be able to force some business owners to either violate their conscience or shut down if they refuse service for a same-sex wedding? Joe La Rue, legal counsel for Alliance Defending Freedom, suggests the issue can be put in a clearer light by asking this question: should a baker be required to bake a cake for Westboro Baptist Church with icing that reads, "God Hates Fags," if it violates their religious conscience to do so?
A Colorado baker, Jack Phillips, was recently ordered by a state judge to stop declining to make cakes for same-sex weddings, even though the baker believes doing so would be in violation of their religious beliefs. Similar cases around the country have involved wedding photographers and florists.
He does not object to serving gays, Phillips added, but to serving a gay wedding, because he views that as a violation of his religious beliefs. more >>