Daily Archives: February 21, 2014


in WeHo used to have this sign over the counter


In 1984 it was taken down with great fanfare.

Now that sign has a home in Arizona. For according to The World’s Worst Newspaper in an item entitled “Bill Viewed As Anti-Gay Passed In Arizona”

The Arizona Legislature passed a measure on Thursday that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and others, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal “state-sanctioned discrimination” and an embarrassment.
The 33-to-27 vote by the House sent the legislation to Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican.
Governor Brewer does not comment on pending legislation, but she vetoed a similar measure last year. That action, however, came during an unrelated political standoff, and it was not clear whether she would support this plan.
Similar religious protection legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Kansas, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, but Arizona’s plan is the only one that has passed. The efforts are stalled in Idaho, Ohio and Kansas.

Said measures have “stalled” no doubt because they’re unconstitutional on their face.

The bill is backed by the Center for Arizona Policy, a social conservative group that opposes abortion and same-sex marriage. It says that the proposal is needed to protect against increasingly activist federal courts and that it clarifies existing state law.
“We see a growing hostility toward religion,” said Josh Kredit, legal counsel for the group.

Those who believe in a Big Invisible Bi-Polar Daddy Who Lives in The Sky invariably complain of being “victimized” by those disinclined to go along with them.

Me? That’s me in the corner — my disillusionment with this illusion having taken root long before Michael Stipe was knee-high to a doormat.

All but three Republicans in the House backed the bill Thursday evening. The Senate passed the bill a day earlier on a straight party-line vote of 17 to 13.
The legislation also comes as a growing number of conservative states grapple with ways to counter the increasing legality of same-sex marriage.
Arizona’s voters approved a ban on same-sex marriage as a state constitutional amendment in 2008.

Now this is where it gets interesting, because in the AP’s coverage of the Arizona measure “Religious Bill Riles Gay Rights Supporters” it is noted that –

Republicans stressed that the bill is about protecting religious freedom and not discrimination. They frequently cited the case of a New Mexico photographer who was sued after refusing to take wedding pictures of a gay couple and said Arizona needs a law to protect people in the state from heavy-handed actions by courts and law enforcement.
The bill allows any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any action brought by the government or individual claiming discrimination. It also allows the business or person to seek an injunction once they show their actions are based on a sincere religious belief and the claim places a burden on the exercise of their religion.

But as Arizona has a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage there obviously wouldn’t be any call for bakers in tat state to make cakes like this


or this


(Back to The World’s Worst Newspaper)

During the Senate debate this week, Steve Yarbrough, a Republican, called his proposal a First Amendment issue. Democrats say it is an outright attack on the rights of gays and lesbians.
“You can’t argue the fact that bill will invite discrimination,” said Senator Steve Gallardo, a Democrat.

How clever of the NYT to turn a rights issue into partisan political battle.
I have no doubt CNN Spokesmodels Jessica Yellin


and Dana Bash


will treat it the same way. That’s their job — reducing serious issues to mindless trivia.

As for the NYT it’s headline “Bill Viewed As Anti-Gay is Passed in Arizona” is telling as they probably wouldn’t have a headline saying “Lynching of Negro Viewed as Act of Racism”

Though they just might have, being far to “tasteful” to have allowed this on its pages.


Its reticence to properly describe the Arizona measure suggests the ghost of Abe Rosenthal still stalks the copydesk


As for what’s really at issue here, the answer comes from the very straight composer Richard Rodgers and his very gay lyricist Lorenz Hart