I think it should be vetoed because I disagree with the language of the law. I don’t disagree with it because it’s “anti-gay” (it’s not) or because it’s “like Jim Crow all over again” (it’s not), but because setting it up as only protecting those with a legitimate religious reason is kind of a stupid move which turns the whole thing into a “religious bigotry” issue…which it shouldn’t be.
This is where 90% of the hate is coming from, the idea that it’s legalizing “bigotry” from religious people. The law should be rewritten to protect something that, while it’s not codified in the exact wording of the First Amendment, has been verified as being part of it by the Supreme Court.
Freedom of Association.
If I don’t want to be associated with you, I shouldn’t have to be whether I have a religious reason or not. My business is not your business, you are not an investor, a stockholder, and my business is not run by the government/taxes, therefore you should have no right to have a say in how I practice business…aside from the obvious free market controls of boycott and bad press.
The fact that it was written the way it was, was stupid beyond the telling of it. It was written that way for an obvious reason, that it was push back against lawsuits towards religious business owners, but writing a law should not just be in reaction to dick moves by gay people. You have to examine the issue closely and understand WHY those protections for business owners should exist and pass a law that reflects that reasoning.
Veto it, go back, and rewrite it as protection for private business and freedom of association the way it should be.
Otherwise you are just feeding the flames of idiotic protesters in a way that will hurt the GOP overall.