Was Losing Super Bowl XLIX The True Motive Behind Jan Brewer’s Veto Of SB 1062?

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Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the anti-LGBTQ bill SB 1062 after pressure mounted by both Democratic and Republican representatives as well as pro-LGBTQ groups, including the Log Cabin Republicans.

Pressure mounted from both sides of the political aisle demanding she veto the bill, but the biggest push may have been from the NFL.

According to the NFL:

The Pro Bowl might be on the move.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport cited a league source Tuesday to report that active and serious discussions have taken place over moving next January’s All-Star event to Arizona, the site of Super Bowl XLIX.

It seems that the NFL was strongly hinting that they would move the inconsequential Pro Bowl to Arizona and then move Super Bowl XLIX to another city if SB 1062 was signed into law. The protest from the NFL to possibly move the Super Bowl to another state may have given the push needed to get rid of the homophobic bill. According to Rush Limbaugh, the pressure to veto the bill was from the left. Limbaugh said on his radio show according to Politico:

“soap storyline of the hour” is whether or not Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will veto SB 1062, which the state’s legislature passed last week.

“Religious beliefs can’t be used to stop anything the left wants to impose, unless they’re Muslim religious beliefs and then we have to honor those. But any other religious beliefs are not permitted,” Limbaugh said. “The left will not allow them. Now, the current thinking is that Gov. Brewer will probably veto the bill, which, you might think on the face of it will make her a hero with the news media and the rest of the left.”

Predictably, on the right, one of the biggest opponents to SB 1062 were the Log Cabin Republicans. They mounted a powerful campaign to overturn SB 1062 and I also learned that many of the Log Cabin members put aside their political differences and worked with liberal LGBTQs around the U.S. to make the veto a reality.

Still as great as this news is, will the Log Cabin members vote out haters who sponsored Senate Bill 1062? Notably, Nancy Barto, Bob Worsley and Steve Yarbrough? According to My Fox News Phoenix:

Worsley said he had a lapse in judgement last week and apologized for passing the bill. And he’s not the only one — State Senator Steve Pierce, a Republican from Prescott is also having regrets about voting for the bill. He says he went along with other Republicans on the vote, expecting it to get vetoed when it hit the governor’s desk, but that plan backfired.

Lapse in judgement? Really? At least one Republican is consistent and his name is Steve Yarbrough:

One Republican who isn’t’ backing down from this is Steve Yarbrough, from Chandler.

“I have to give credit to the opponents who have managed to turn this into some sort of a discrimination bill against gays. It couldn’t be further from that,” he said.

Yarbrough isn’t giving in to the pressure. He feels strongly that religious freedoms should be more protected in Arizona.

“People need to be able to exercise their religion freely in this state. Without having those kinds of concerns they are still going to have to meet a difficult test, we know that and that is simply what we are trying to accomplish.”

Again I ask, will the Log Cabin work to remove the homophobic authors from office? Probably not, because it was a lapse in judgement. Still it was a hard-fought battle and the rights of an oppressed people were saved…solely because the NFL had the insight to protest this stupidity. But, closer to home for me, folks at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena California were happy to host the Super Bowl and the added tax revenue would have been a good thing.

22 Replies to “Was Losing Super Bowl XLIX The True Motive Behind Jan Brewer’s Veto Of SB 1062?”

  1. I hate to be the one to point this out … BUT, the NFL may be many things, but they certainly are not inconsequential. Seriously?

  2. This is Arizona, people! Home of John McCain, Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and new wannabe Sarah Palin. If anyone thinks “finger in your face” Brewer was for this, why did she take so many days to decide? Political pressure, sure, but what it all came down to was Super Bowl revenue.

    “Christians” would do well to read the Sermon On The Mount. Read it. Internalize it.

  3. I will say this once and only once:

    ‘Religious Freedom’ does NOT give you the right to discriminate against anyone!

  4. Apple Corp also contacted the Governor via phone to let her know that if the bill passed into legislation, they would in all likelihood move their planned Sapphire Glass complex out of the state. So, it’s not just the NFL, but rather the business community at large, from small to big corporations vehemently opposed this CAP written and sponsored bill. It was an economic decision, which is why it took her several days to ponder on it and hold meetings on it.

  5. Short answer…yes. Threat of losing the super bowl was the only thing that made her veto the bill.

    Ever since the bill went to her she’s had big corporations, other republicans, and pretty much everybody else telling her not to sign it. But whenever she was asked about it she would say…”Well I have until Friday night/Saturday morning to make a decision”. Which to me meant that she really really wanted to sign it, but didn’t want a repeat of the fallout from the immigration stuff so she was going to ride the clock out trying to find ways to minimize the damage before she signed it into law.

    Then the NFL comes out and says if it becomes law they will move the super bowl. Suddenly she can’t veto it fast enough. So, yes, the super bowl was the only reason she vetoed it.

  6. What happened in AZ when Brewer vetoed this bill just goes to show that money trumps religion. The GOPTPers in AZ had a choice between sticking to their alleged “Christian” values or going for the money. They chose the money–imho, the real god of the GOPTP.

  7. Delta Air Lines, Petsmart, Apple, Intel, NFL, and so many more it is hard to find room to list them. All these companies AND the AZ business community called for her to veto this bill. A boycott of the state for tourism and conventions would totally mess up their tax base and lead to massive recriminations at the ballot box.
    She vetoed this out of monetary concerns not due to any moral fiber she has in her body (there are none). As in all things political, it is all about the benjamins in the end.

  8. This is too much. The Republicans should work on jobs, the same jobs bill that has been sitting on Boehner’s desk for the past few years. There are a lot of things that Republicans can do other than try and push these ignorant bills through a key hole. This is outlandish and really stupid.

  9. A bagger speaks:PHOENIX (The Borowitz Report)—The state of Arizona found itself in the middle of a conundrum today as it awoke to the awkward realization that gay people have money and buy stuff.

    Just days after the Arizona legislature passed a law that would enable businesses to discriminate against gays, it emerged that gays spend billions of dollars in Arizona each year—an unexpected development that seemed to take many legislators by surprise.

    Carol Foyler, a Tea Party Republican who supported the anti-gay law, said that the startling bombshell that gays play a role in the state’s economy put her and her fellow lawmakers “in a tight spot.”

    “Quite frankly, we were blindsided by this,” she said. “We had no idea that gays had money and bought things just like regular people do.”

    Acknowledging that her vote for the anti-gay law might have been calamitous for the state’s economy, Ms. Foyler placed the blame for it squarely on the shoulders of one group: the gays…

  10. It was not a “lapse in judgment” it was part of a systemic attempt to impose a very narrow Puritanical right wing version of Christianity that has happened in many, many states.

    What is happening now is the Great Pushback. We liberals and moderates are all on to their game. We are organizing and putting pressure to bear on this attempt to take us back to a dark, inhumane, unconstitutional past. With emphasis on inhumane.

    Gun nuts are always asking me what part of “the right to best arms must not be infringed.”

    I always have to ask what part of the preamble of the constitution “all men are created equal” do YOU not get?

  11. Money was the ONLY reason Brewer vetoed the bill. You don’t really believe she suddenly became a decent human being overnight, do you? The fact that she took several days to consider her options ought to be a clear indicator that she didn’t veto the bill because it was the right thing to do–she took several days to talk to businesspeople and billionaires about the potential financial fallout for Arizona and the political risks. A good person would have taken one look at that wretched piece of discriminatory legislation and vetoed it in a heartbeat. Jan Brewer is many things, but a good person isn’t one of them.

  12. Good to hear this albeit a bittersweet pill to swallow for those workers who voted no. Perhaps, they’ll learned a lesson? One can hope.

  13. Its speculation because lets be real VW has invested billions in this plant. But the workers council back in Germany don’t like what went down and they will have a say going forward .

  14. She vetoed it because of possible “unintended consequences” like losing the super bowl, and pressure from big businesses and potential revenue loss – The intended consequences would have been just fine with her.

  15. I strongly believe the whole thing was a setup. The whacko right gets to pass the idiotic bill and look great to their likewise whacko constituents/voters. The Governor, who cannot run for re-election and has nothing to lose, vetoes it and it’s done.

    This was all planned and know beforehand solely to solidify the teabaggers running for re-election.

    BTW, for reference, I have been a resident of Arizona for over 35 years… a long haul for a progressive.

  16. ““I have to give credit to the opponents who have managed to turn this into some sort of a discrimination bill against gays. It couldn’t be further from that,” he said.”

    You can dress a pig in a tutu and smear its face with lipstick and call it a “ballerina.” It’s still a pig.

  17. Jan Brewer forever has her eye on the bottom line. When hospitals and healthcare providers made it clear that refusing ACA extended Medicaid would cost a fortune when accepting it would pour millions into the state with no cost to Arizona for 3 years and peanuts after that, she fought hard to override the legislature and get those dollars streaming to Arizona.

    It is no surprise that her decision in this case was solely based on how much the state would lose in revenue if she signed it!

  18. So if Jan lets the bill pass, she is wrong… She vetoes the bill and she is still bitched at.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. Liberals complain too much.

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