Romney weighs in, Obama silent on Arizona SB1062
February 25th, 2014
06:22 PM ET
7 years 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.

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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.

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soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. jake

    of course president obama is not going to comment. his stand on lgbt rights is well known. he (and the rest of the democrats and moderate independents) is praying that the governor signs the bill. that would be another nail in the coffin of the late, great teapublican party. right wing stupidity – the gift that keeps on giving......

    February 25, 2014 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  2. nathan berg

    imagine that. CNN would call any PRO-CHOICE movement 'anti-gay'. talk about your glass being half-empty...

    February 25, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  3. Relictus

    If Romney is for a veto against this law, then this law was a set up from the beginning. The law had no viable chance – I have read it, it is a basket of crazy. Romney is taking a cheap opportunity to look less extreme. However, I will always remember that he is a Mormon.

    February 25, 2014 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. stilldoinit

    My God, will Mitt Romney please dry up and blow away? Please? He embarrassed himself without end during his so-called run for the Presidency. Hasn't he had enough? What an amazingly large ego this person must have.

    February 25, 2014 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  5. Relictus

    If Romney is against this law, the law itself must have been a setup. I have read SB1062, and it is a legislative basket of crazy. A short bill, it opens loopholes that would have made it unworkable in practice – and that's ignoring that the law allows someone to discriminate based on religion.

    February 25, 2014 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. likeaplan

    Right now, the cat is out the bag. those who voted for this legislation, have some explainin' to do.

    February 25, 2014 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
  7. Yup

    Ooooooooo. So he is a smart in business, overseas involvement's, AND has equality in mind…. hmm ya glad we didn't pick him

    February 25, 2014 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  8. Adam Smith

    Republicans backing gay rights? That's a new one.

    February 25, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  9. bribarian

    Who cares what Romney wants? Seriously

    February 25, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  10. Tommy

    Romney will say anything to advance his own personal agenda.

    February 25, 2014 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  11. Mitt Romney's Dog

    Oh my. MIttens moves to the center again.

    They don't call him Flip Flop for nothing.

    February 25, 2014 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. emskadittle

    probably was a good idea for the President not to weigh in, she might sign it just to spite him

    February 25, 2014 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  13. Cant Dress A Turd

    There are a million video clips and soundbytes out there
    about where Romney stands on Gay rights.

    Somebody must have whispered into his ear, that this new law
    will NOT pass Constitutional muster.

    Don't pat him on the back.
    Thank GOD he never got near the White House.

    February 25, 2014 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Brian from DC

    Mitt The Tolerant One!! As if.

    February 25, 2014 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  15. Green River

    allow businesses in the state to refuse service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs.

    Can we pass a law to allow business' to refuse service to Religious people ?
    Fair is Fair.

    February 25, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. All Fired Up

    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.

    I think its very clear where Obama stands on gay rights.
    He refused to support DADT because......

    February 25, 2014 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  17. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Why should Obama say anything while we are all waiting for the GOP to SHOOT themselves in the head AGAIN !!!!!

    February 25, 2014 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  18. Robert Bell

    Wow, if they sign this into law, the folks at Chik-fil-A can finally toss out the Gays!

    Imagine if every business did this, or refused service to Muslims, or Jews, or whatever.

    February 25, 2014 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  19. Al Gore Invented the Internet

    1. Businesses should be allowed to deny service to whoever they want

    2. Hating someone because of their sexual orientation is just idiotic. Especially if you use religion as your reason.

    3. The government needs to gtfo of everyone's life. If a business doesn't want gays, then gay people can stop making a spectacle of themselves so they fit in and still receive the service, or protest the business and the market will take care of itself. Why does this need legislation?

    February 25, 2014 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  20. chakosrealestate

    Excuse me, why does this failed presidential candidate and private citizen's opinion matter?

    February 25, 2014 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  21. SirQL8

    How does this make sense on any level at all? And are businesses really doing this....anywhere in America ? I don't think so. What's next, segregated drinking fountains ? Last time I checked, gays' money is just as green as mine, and NOT contagious. This bill is a step backward and has no chance on the desk of any sane governor.
    -Red-state conservative.

    February 25, 2014 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  22. NewNEReview

    Why should any care what Romney thinks? He is just a rich guy without any say in government. Why waste the news space?

    February 25, 2014 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  23. YUCK

    whatever happened to,"whatever faith that you have keep it within yourself and do good"?it doesn't matter if you're purple blue or from another planet,it's a matter of your good character and goodness that matters in the long run.

    February 25, 2014 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  24. fbsernum

    Earth to Mitt: you had your chance.

    February 25, 2014 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. Dave

    LG communities would be much better served if they would just quit waving their flag, displaying and acting on LG problems, and shoving it in the straight persons face and saying that anyone that does not agree with their antics is a Homophobic person. Some of really don't like the display of even straight over amorous couples out there that think it is cute to flaunt their affections. Personally I don't care what YOUR likes or dislikes are with another person as long as you leave it in YOUR home, or YOUR bedroom. I don't want to see it, hear it, or be subjected to it. All the rainbow flags, stickers, gloves or what ever are is a desperate attempt to shove your beliefs in my face and frankly I don't like it. Keep it to yourselves and stay true to your own hearts and let the rest of the world wonder what you are up to, don't advertise.

    February 25, 2014 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
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