With all the attention the you can discriminate against gay folks bill in Arizona got, it should be noted that we have our own version, here in Washington.* Sure, ours died this session without a hearing in the Senate, and it wouldn’t have got any traction in the House if it had passed. And a veto would be assured instead of a week of hemming and hawing before it happens.
Still, Senators Brown, Holmquist Newbry, Hewitt, Honeyford, Benton, Bailey, Padden, Braun, Smith, and Rivers all sponsored it. That’s a good chunk of the Senate Majority. All of those Senators have gay constituents, but they care so little about their rights, that they’re co-sponsoring a bill to let people discriminate against them. Imagine!
Imagine being able to look their constituents in the eye and tell them that religious freedom means discriminating against you. Furthermore, unlike Arizona, the laws on the books in Washington currently say you can’t discriminate against gay people, so this would have been a step back. I imagine with Brewer’s veto, and the more national attention this sort of thing is getting, it would be even tougher to pass in the future. But people on the wrong side of these things ought to be held to account.
* Not sure who gets the hat tip. It was someone on Twitter, I think, but I didn’t save the tweet, and now I can’t find it. I’m the worst.