"This bill cynically uses religion as a smokescreen to justify discrimination. It also has the unfortunate effect of signaling that LGBT customers are not welcome in Arizona -- at a time when our economy is still recovering. We urge Governor Brewer, who was a business owner, to use her power to veto this terrible bill."
-- National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Executive Director Rea Carey in a press release sent out late on Friday evening - over 24 hours after Arizona's Gay Jim Crow law passed the state legislature. As Joe Jervis notes, the silence by LGBT orgs over this legislation has been deafening. While the media went crazy over this blatant attempt to write legalized discrimination into state law, advocacy groups stayed mum. (Bilerico, for example, has run six posts about the law in the past two days - and this explanation of Carey's statement is longer than it is.) HRC, The Task Force, and Freedom To Marry all released statements after Jervis' post questioning why they'd remained silent.