When Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the “right to discriminate” bill SB 1062, she claimed that the measure was a solution in search of a problem. Further, Brewer added, the bill was “broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.”
What the governor conveniently omitted is that members of her own staff worked with the bill’s sponsors on that language, in order to narrow the scope of the measure and make it more likely that Brewer would sign it into law.
The Arizona Daily Star reports:
Documents obtained by Capitol Media Services show gubernatorial counsel Joe Sciarrotta and adviser Michael Hunter met with staffers from the Center for Arizona Policy as early as January about the legislation. The documents, mainly email exchanges before and after meetings, show the alterations made in the legislation at the behest of the Brewer advisers…
The records obtained by Capitol Media Services show Herrod and Josh Kredit, CAP’s legal counsel, met with Brewer staffers before the legislative session began in January. They ran the proposed language past Sciarrotta and Hunter and, based on their responses, began making changes.
And Bilerico is now reporting that Lambda Legal has filed suit for Marriage Equality in Arizona today:
Just in case your head wasn’t already spinning from the flurry of marriage equality lawsuits dropping today, here’s another one: Lambda Legal announced about an hour ago that they’ve filed in Arizona.
The federal lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of Arizona on behalf of seven couples, along with two additional plaintiffs whose same-sex spouses died.