I was at the gym this afternoon with my headphones on watching the news and saw the story out of Arizona about the Governor who vetoed a bill that would allow businesses to refuse service to people who are gay. Now I don't know all the details as I was listening to music ... and quite frankly I don't need to. I am embarrassed, shocked, and saddened that in 2014 a law that is so discriminatory would have to get to the level of "Governor veto" before being thrown out. I'm no expert on the Arizona political system, but I would assume that means it received enough votes at some level of government requiring its highest representative to step in and exercise her right to veto. And from reading the story, she sat on it for a while before issuing a decision! Really?!?!?!?!
I know in the field of education, a person being gay is not easy. My good friend Chris Wejr recently wrote a great post about the difficulty of people who are gay to share who they are with their school communities. And I know that the friends I have who are gay struggle with how much to share with their communities. And that is sad when you consider that schools should be a model place for acceptance, social responsibility and higher thinking. And yet in many of our school, words like "faggot" and "that's so gay" are used in the ugliest of ways. We work hard in our schools to get at the hearts of students when it comes to acceptance. An uphill battle to be sure.