Rachel Maddow: Will Jan Brewer's veto influence other states to drop their anti-LGBTQ bills?

Maddow asks if the business wing of the Republican Party will bring the same pressure to bear on other states

By Katie McDonough

Published February 27, 2014 3:01PM (EST)


Rachel Maddow weighed in on Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of Arizona's anti-LGBTQ discrimination measure, arguing that, “When Governor Brewer made this veto announcement tonight, she was essentially standing astride the chasm in the Republican Party and in the conservative movement on this issue."

“The reason she made [the economic impact of the proposed law] central to her veto message is presumably because of the kind of pressure that was brought to bear against the bill, once it got to her desk,” Maddow said. “It wasn’t just proponents of gay rights and civil libertarians who were against this thing.”

What could this mean for similar measures advancing in at least a dozen state legislatures? Maddow asks if the same business interests and other pressures will be brought to bear against those bills.

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Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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