Mitt Romney: Veto of Arizona’s Antigay Bill ‘Is Right’

The former Republican presidential candidate has spoken.

National Journal
Matt Berman
Feb. 25, 2014, 12:06 p.m.

Mitt Rom­ney isn’t too big on Twit­ter. Yes, he has more than 1.5 mil­lion fol­low­ers, but his re­cent tweets have ten­ded more to­ward the Zach Braff than the polit­ic­al.

That changed Tues­day af­ter­noon.

SB 1062 is the Ari­zona le­gis­la­tion that would let state busi­nesses re­fuse on re­li­gious grounds to provide ser­vices to gay and les­bi­an cus­tom­ers. The bill it­self, which re­cently passed the le­gis­lature, has no short­age of en­emies. Ari­zona busi­nesses are wor­ried that it could cost the state next year’s Su­per Bowl. Apple CEO Tim Cook urged the state not to let the bill be­come law. The meas­ure is likely to be ve­toed by the polit­ic­ally minded Re­pub­lic­an Gov. Jan Brew­er.

So Mitt Rom­ney’s not alone. But he’s an ob­vi­ously power­ful voice. With­in 10 minutes, Rom­ney’s tweet earned nearly 300 retweets.

This isn’t squarely about polit­ics for Rom­ney, who has said re­peatedly he’s not even con­sid­er­ing a 2016 pres­id­en­tial run. But it’s yet an­oth­er sign that na­tion­al at­ti­tudes have shif­ted so quickly on gay mar­riage that GOP stand­ard-bear­ers are mak­ing sure to pub­licly po­s­i­tion them­selves in a way that won’t hurt their party’s fu­ture.

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