Arizona Republicans are in a really awkward spot, and they have only themselves to blame. On Thursday they passed a law that would allow businesses to deny services to people on religious grounds. Now those same Republicans are saying that they never meant for the law to be about discriminating against gay people, but it was inspired by an incident in New Mexico in which a wedding photographer was sued for refusing to take pictures of a gay wedding. They are also having trouble coming up with a reason outside of discrimination that the law would even make sense.
Now, several Republicans have written a letter to Gov. Jan Brewer asking her to please veto the law that they just voted for. The Governor has not yet decided what she will do, but in the meantime, that Republican had an intensely awkward interview with MSNBC’s Chris Hayes:
Yeah, it’s never a good sign when your best argument is that you didn’t really know what you were voting for.
Of course, you could take the opposite approach and claim over and over that you have no regrets about this, and by the way, I’m running for governor:
Whether they are running toward or away from this law, Arizona Republicans are in a dicey situation. Maybe next time they should read the bill first?