Romney weighs in, Obama silent on Arizona SB1062
February 25th, 2014
06:22 PM ET
5 months ago

Romney weighs in, Obama silent on Arizona SB1062

(CNN) - Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has joined calls from key Republicans urging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that critics say would codify discrimination against gays and lesbians in that state.

Romney's message followed tweets from Arizona's Republican senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, urging Brewer to reject SB1062, which would allow businesses in the state to refuse service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

By contrast, President Barack Obama, who has evolved into one of the nation's leading proponents of gay rights, has yet to personally weigh in on the legislation.

Asked about the Arizona bill by reporters, White House Spokesman Jay Carney described SB 1062 as a "pretty intolerant proposed law."

"As a practice, we don't generally weigh in on every piece of legislation under consideration in the states," Carney said.

"I think the President's position on equality for LGBT Americans and opportunity for all is very well known. And he believes that all of us, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity should be treated fairly and equally, with dignity and respect," Carney added.


Filed under: Arizona • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Marie MD

    CNN, one more time . . . . . WHO CARES!!!!!
    The President has nothing to say because it's about the crazy pointy finger witch from AZ. You have even less because we didn't
    care as a country in 2012 and we as heck could care less now.
    Go buy yourself another elevator or car. Just no more dogs!

    February 25, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  2. Wake up People!

    President Romney has spoken.

    February 25, 2014 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    CNN, did you miss the fact that MittWitt lost? Why are you still campaigning for him?

    February 25, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  4. Borderless

    Romney and McCain took the high road in this issue. Extremely noteworthy is Obama's unwillingness to weigh in on this important issue. He sure doesn't have a problem weighing in on Union issues and health care issues at the state level. LGBT community should be aware they have no friend in the White House.

    February 25, 2014 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  5. Tampa Tim

    Tomorrow he will change his mind. I think Mittens is under the impression that the Republican Party is going to draft him for their presidential candidate in 2016.

    February 25, 2014 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  6. Rick

    Where are all the liberals who were trying to silence Mitt now?

    February 25, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  7. Joe User

    So what do all you Conservative haters who try to characterize people as something they are not think about high ranking Republicans saying this bill should be vetoed?

    February 25, 2014 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  8. Big_D

    See he never was your candidate. Way too moderate. He doesn't represent the knuckle dragging GOP.

    February 25, 2014 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  9. Zayah V

    I am impressed that a Republican would publicly back not killing or discriminating gays. What next, dialogue? Compromise? GASP

    February 25, 2014 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    aaaaaannnnnndddd he didn;t win

    February 25, 2014 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Todd

    Thank you Mr. Romney and welcome to the Democratic party. Your party will now turn their backs on you. Don't worry, they are a dying breed anyway

    February 25, 2014 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. JT

    Just saw on NBC Nightly News a 300+ pound protester saying gay is a sin. Apparently gluttony no longer is. If only hypocrisy was in the 10 commandments.

    February 25, 2014 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  13. Sammy Z

    It's easy to see why Obama has remained silent on this issue....and that would because as soon as he were to come out publicly against it, each and every Republican would be forced to immediately oppose him.

    No, no...It's best to let the Republicans take care of this themselves. So far, it seems like the sane minded ones have finally grown a spine and found one thing to openly opposed their crazies.

    February 25, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  14. Foster149

    I'm starting to wonder if this thing was passed only to give Arizona legislators a cheap photo-op calling for its veto. Can't find any other reason it would have passed in the first place.

    Smile for your free portrait of courage!

    February 25, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  15. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Who is this "Romney" that you speak of?

    February 25, 2014 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  16. Sab

    Never liked Romney, but it's big of him to put his foot down and support whats right! Never thought I'd say this, but way to go!

    February 25, 2014 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  17. rs

    While I disagree with many of Mr. Romney's positions- this is his business acumen at work. This bill is an economic disaster for our state, and Mr. Romney has appropriately identified the economic reasons for vetoing this bill.
    Troubling however, is why the GOP pushes someone's "religious freedom" over society's civil rights. This is not the deep South and it isn't the 1950s.
    The longer this goes on, the greater the economic damage, and more damage done to Arizona's reputation.
    Enough! Common sense, please!

    February 25, 2014 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  18. Savik

    Even a Southern redneck like myself knows that Jim Crow laws are wrong.

    February 25, 2014 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  19. greg

    What, I thought I read 10,000 comments in another article covering this story that the Republicans were hate mongers. What will the far left say now?

    February 25, 2014 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  20. jim

    I see no problem with this bill the rest of the people should have rights too!

    February 25, 2014 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  21. Kata Strophic

    Why on Earth would Obama weigh in? Like, duh, Captain Obvious speaking. As Carney pointed out, the bill completely contradicts anything and everything Obama and the Democratic Party stand for. And considering this is an election year, why not keep that door wide open and let Republicans shoot themselves in the foot, again, with yet another amusing demonstration of their delightful "minority outreach" programs in action?

    Oh, wait. Obama's strategy is all wrong. If he weighs in against it, Brewer won't veto it just based on general GOP principles of disagreeing violently with anything he says. So never mind–I take it all back.

    February 25, 2014 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  22. RamboJohnJ

    Arizona and Kansas should just join together as the same state...

    February 25, 2014 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  23. artviii

    The gay political activism that is corrupting American children in the public education system beginning in kindergarten will not stop until the death penalty is enacted for the crime of homosexuality. God in His wisdom instituted this punishment to protect the family especially children. It is the duty of sensible Americans to put God's law on the US Constitution. Article VIII to the Constitution makes God's law American law.

    February 25, 2014 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  24. Don DaMiddle

    The bill is dead if a Mormon Republican doesn't even support it.
    The LDS Church waited until the late 70's to consider African Americans as equal.
    (That shows just how far behind the times... the Tea Party is)

    February 25, 2014 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  25. Joe The Plumber

    @GovBrewer Someday some of your descendants may be gay, if not right now.

    February 25, 2014 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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