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Actually, CAP already had a bill in play, SB 1178, which would have broadened the protections of Arizona's version of the RFRA, "regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding."
As with SB 1062 in 2014, Yarbrough was the primary sponsor of 1178, which passed both the House and Senate with little fanfare.
However, Brewer vetoed the bill in May 2013. Sending it to her was a violation of her dictate that she would sign no law until she got a budget that included her Medicaid-expansion plan.
Fast-forward to 2014. The language of 1062 was different from that of 1178, but the intent was the same.
Echoing the language of corporate personhood used in the U.S. Supreme Court's infamous Citizens United decision (language that would play a significant part in the Hobby Lobby case before the Supreme Court), 1062 defined a "person" as "any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly, or institution or other business organization."
Herrod's rhetorical reliance on the case from New Mexico, where the photographer was successfully sued for not photographing the wedding of a lesbian couple, revealed 1062's true purpose: allowing discrimination against gays and shielding that discrimination from future court action.
This time, the LGBT community and its allies responded to the challenge with righteous fury. Organizations such as Equality Arizona, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Secular Coalition for Arizona sounded the alarm.
SB 1062 passed the state Senate, then the House, encountering significant pushback from Democrats. Media outlets from around the country began paying attention, and an eclectic array of demonstrators showed up nightly at the Arizona Capitol, demanding that Brewer veto the bill (See "Gays Bash Back," March 20).
Though Brewer had a week to make a decision after passage, the groundswell of those against the bill already was reaching hurricane force. It included corporate leaders, business associations, U.S. senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, several Arizona gubernatorial candidates, three Republican state senators who had voted for it, and even former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
When it looked as if Arizona could lose the February 1 Super Bowl in Glendale, Brewer acted three days earlier than she needed to, blasting the proposed legislation as divisive and unnecessary.
"Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value," Brewer said in her veto statement, "so is non-discrimination."
In fact, Herrod's contention that the bill wasn't discriminatory doesn't wash. Her group's agenda always has been anti-gay.
In a position paper on homosexuality published on CAP's AZPolicypages.com, the group promulgates the idea that gays engage in aberrant behavior, rejects any biological basis for homosexuality, and criticizes "advocates of homosexual behavior" for trying to "force society to accept the [gay] lifestyle as normal, healthy, and equal to heterosexuality."
CAP also buys the shibboleth that gays can be transformed into heterosexuals through prayer therapy.
The 2011 version of this paper, archived on the anti-CAP website stopcap.org, claims, "There are many documented cases of homosexuals modifying their behavior and becoming heterosexual through ministries such as Exodus International."
The reference to the Florida-based organization since has been removed from the policy paper, probably because the ministry dissolved in 2013, with its president, Alan Chambers, issuing an apology to the LGBT community, saying he was sorry that his ministry "promoted sexual orientation change efforts and reparative theories about sexual orientation."
Chambers went on to write that he was saddened that so many gays "have interpreted this religious rejection by Christians as God's rejection."
In 2011, CAP also referenced Exodus International as a "resource" for those "dealing with unwanted feelings of same-sex attraction."
It now directs such individuals to the Restored Hope Network "coalition of ministries," according to its website, "serving those who desire to overcome sinful relational and sexual issues . . . particularly homosexuality."
CAP's benighted beliefs about homosexuality shouldn't be surprising. In 2001, the organization vehemently opposed the Arizona Legislature's repeal of antiquated statutes that outlawed sodomy, oral sex and "open and notorious cohabitation," among other things.
Once the repeal passed the Legislature, CAP rallied the faithful and lobbied then-Governor Jane Hull, a Republican, for a veto. Hull received many calls and letters urging her to let the 100-year-old laws stand.
Yet common sense prevailed. Hull signed the repeal, explaining, "At the end of the day, I returned to one of my most basic beliefs about government: It does not belong in our private lives."
Herrod, then CAP's lobbyist and second fiddle to group president Len Munsil, told the Arizona Republic that the statutes "set a standard that favored marital relations over cohabitation and same-sex relationships in our state."
Truly, the bugbear of same-sex marriage looms large in CAP's world.
Munsil, who led CAP from about 1994 to 2006, claims responsibility for drafting the 1996 statute that declared "marriage between persons of the same sex is void and prohibited."
In 2006, the same year Munsil ran for governor as the GOP nominee against incumbent Janet Napolitano, CAP backed Prop 107, a constitutional same-sex marriage ban that ultimately failed at the polls, with 52 percent voting against the prohibition.
Many believed the measure failed because, as written, it also would have banned domestic-partner benefits in the state.
The same year, voters also decided Munsil was too extreme, handing Democrat Janet Napolitano a 50-to-41 victory.
As a supporter of CAP I feel you have misrepresented CAP starting in your title "Cathi Harrod's Center for Arizona Policy Hates Gays..." There is no gay bashing done by Cathi or her organization. On the contrary Christians are asked to love others. The Bible does say that sex between men is not the way God has intended sex to be. CAP is not out to hate gays. They are out to promote a society with strong moral values and liberty for individuals.
Arizona's SB1070, and SB1062 was passed by legislators belonging to a church that still worships a child molesting Poligamist leader that had about thirteen wives half of which were under the age of thirteen.
Brewer only vetoed SB1062 out of fear of lost revenues for the State, not for her lack of Hate.
This criminal has coledges in his name and fled justice for his crimes in Illinios.
What a "Saint"
And to think that millions of Dollars are being wasted just to push other people's beliefs down other people's throat, we need to force the Government and Supreme Court to stop allowing all of these religious groups which do not amount but to sect groups, and have a whole bunch of legislators both at State and National levels in their pockets, to push for enactments like these to enable these groups to push the envelope to the maximum and all they do is create doubt, hatred anxiety and anguish, and all for what!! to allow a bunch of politicians to give them a bigger podioum, and to give these religious zealots more freedom to create Havoc???
If being religious means that you have to be intolerant and to hate others most people don't want to be part of that. Our government has to deal with everyone. This has absolutely no place in our government.
James777: I do not Hate anyone -- just feel sorry for the way "these people" feel about other human beings. .
Mr. Lemons, Outstanding cover story, that's been needed to be told for years. Husband a Maricopa County Superior Court judge? How is all this supposed to work?
All you have to do is read the comments below to appreciate the true hate that people like Herrod, Huckabee, and Palin represent and inspire. The insults operate on a 6th grade level, which appears to be the mentality of the people that organizations like the Tea Party and the Center for Az Policy represent.
Apparently Cathi Herrod doesn't understand "religious freedom". Freedom of religion doesn't equate to freedom to discriminate. While she is free to practice her religion any way she chooses (go to church, pray, dance with the devil, etc), she, nor anyone else, is not allowed to prevent my religious activities and as an equally-righted American Citizen, I am/will be allowed anywhere in public she chooses to be. We Americans call this Liberty.
She can survive and thrive only in a shithole like your state of Arizona. In normal states on the Coast, this woman would be no more paid attention to than a bag lady screaming on the L train or Market Street.
As always, when attempting to persecute others in the name of their religion, the religious reich does not shrink from anything, no lie, no matter how stupid, egregious, or hateful is too much. Nothing is forbidden, no matter how illegal, distasteful, ridiculous, or lacking in human decency is something they will not use joyfully.
Christians are the most judgmental and unforgiving people in the world.
As you correctly stated, most all of Arizona can ALREADY discriminate against the LGBT community. SB 1062 would not change that. So where is all this horrific discrimination NOW?
Lets pressure these wacko politicians from the other side. Why can't a groups of sensible, good, sane people of AZ organize. Then like the wackos lead by these Bible freaks find sensible people to oppose these crazy right wing politicians not only in the primary but in the general election as well? We might be able to get rid of Biggs, Yarbrough, Reagan, Crandell, Kavanagh, Montenegro, Ugenti, DiCiccico, McCain, Franks, Flake and the other embarrassing nuts that now represent AZ. The sane and sensible people of AZ already had success we got rid of Frank Antenori and his clone Ron Gould.
Sadly, these people are still out there. Have they met a gay person? Spent any time with this person? And, how about their (the anti-gay group) RELIGION. Where in their Bible does it mention gay men and women? I thought there was a "love thy neighbor," "judge not lest ye be judged," etc. The way some people spout their religion can be rather disconcerting. No, I have no religion. But then I have no prejudice nor any hate for anyone who is different.
Don't hate the player, hate the game! Gays have the problem but I still interact with them, professionally. I choose not to socialize with them because God has claimed that it is wrong. I believe that is what this lady is all about. Homey don't play dat!
@FJSmith What we see, could be described as "wolves in sheep's clothing". Who's been hiding behind the curtain pulling the strings for all these years?
@dkessler4 Well said. Couldn't agree more. Arizona, land of the hypocrites.
@Artaud49 Americans for Prosperity. Citizens for Decency in Law among other "feel-good" titles of non-profits.
@slrman just shows you that there is NO god and they know it or they wouldn't be doing and saying the things they do and say
@slrman Christian hypocrites damage the good Christians and Jesus.
@LaMano that's because the party of choice is the nazi fascist party of NO (repugs)
Except, perhaps, for "these people" who are so judgmental, prejudiced and hateful due to their religion?
@rockdog48 gawd claimed it was wrong? so he doesn't have any proof? You theists are whacked out.
@rockdog48 Yes, you do hate gays because you use your evil religion to condemn them.
I choose not to have anything to do with people as willfully ignorant and hypocritical as you are.
@rockdog48 I assume you wait by the fireplace each December 25th for Santa as well? There are many books that proclaim Santa exists, even books to tell children to behave or Santa won't visit them. It sounds a little bit like the bible huh? Be good, follow what we say or you won't be resurrected into heaven. All fairytales and scare tactics, luckily some of us are still rational people.
I agree. It's become so bad that "hypocrite" and "christian" are semantically equal.
FYI, there is no evidence that the mythical Jesus ever existed.
As stated by Dr. Bart Ehrman, Professor of religious studies at the University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, NC said, "In the entire first Christian century, Jesus is not mentioned by a single Greek or Roman scholar, politician, philosopher, or poet. His name never appears in a single inscription, and it is never found in a single piece of private correspondence. Zero! Zip references!"
I also have an essay about it at:
It's not an anti-christ piece but one with which I think you might agree.
Finally, instead of putting christ back into Christmas, how about putting christ back into christians?
Does your "rationality" ever cause you to question your simplistic views of religion? Does it ever make you wonder, if Christians are merely following such an obvious behavior control system, why are scientists, physicians, artists, highly imaginative and successful entrepreneurs, and many other people who are smarter and more successful than you, followers of such a system?
They are mostly very wealthy cults, too. I read that, if all religions paid taxes like any other business, it would result in 71 Billion dollars of revenue in the USA alone. I'm not certain about that number, but it would certainly go a long way toward health care and education.
@James777 If it were a true statement that many scientists, physicians, and artists did follow Christianity then yes it would make me wonder. The fact is most physicians and scientists believe in evolution, hence the basis of their career so no I don't ever wonder about that.