I know I’m a little behind on this (even though I live tweet, I don’t quite have the time to live blog) but there were two HUGE developments today with regard to LGBT rights.
First, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ultimately decided to veto a controversial bill that passed through the Arizona Legislature earlier in the week that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.
While Brewer affirmed her commitment to traditional marriage, she noted that the bill had the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.” She concluded by noting, “Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination.”
The other huge news of the day was in Texas. I have to say, I never thought that marriage equality would ever become the law of the land in Texas without a judgment by the US Supreme Court, but a federal judge in San Antonio struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban. Deeming the law unconstitutional, Judge Orlando Garcia noted in his ruling that the current prohibition has “no legitimate governmental purpose.”
As with similar rulings in Utah, Oklahoma, and Virginia, Judge Garcia’s decision will not take effect immediately, as it has been stayed while the case works its way through the appeals process.