State’s ‘turn away the gay’ effort part of national trend
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer this week vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed individuals to refuse to serve prospective customers on religious grounds, following a ﬁrestorm of opposition from LGBT advocates, Republican ofﬁcials and business leaders.“After weighing all of the arguments, I have vetoed Senate bill 1062 moments ago,” Brewer told reporters on Wednesday night.Critics said the measure would have enabled businesses and individuals to refuse services to LGBT people.Brewer said she vetoed the bill after taking “the necessary time to make the right decision,” touting her record of protecting religious freedoms in the state.“Senate bill 1062 does not address a speciﬁc or pressing concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer said. “I have not heard one example in Arizona where business owner religious liberty has been violated. The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.”Noting that she had called for a responsible budget and child protections, Brewer criticized lawmakers for making SB 2016 “the ﬁrst policy bill to cross my desk.”“To supporters of this legislation, I want you to know that I understand long-held norms about marriage and family are being
Dramatic reversal leaves fate of cemetery plot unclear
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
Timothy Clark, the man D.C. gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny named in his will as heir to his estate, has released a statement through his lawyers saying he has decided to inter Kameny’s ashes at an undisclosed location.The statement released Feb. 20 by the D.C. law ﬁrm Ackerman Brown represents a dramatic change from Clark’s earlier statements, including comments in an interview with the Blade in 2012, that he would release half of the ashes for burial at a memorial site in the city’s historic Congressional Cemetery. He reiterated his intent to inter ashes in D.C. in another Blade interview in July 2013.“We reached an agreement on that so I’m going to keep the burial plot,” Clark said at that time. “I just have to decide on when I want to have something,” he said in referring to a burial ceremony at Congressional Cemetery.Clark, 37, Kameny’s housemate and longtime friend, had said in the months following Kameny’s death on Oct. 11, 2011, that he planned to keep some but not all of the ashes for his personal reﬂection and possible interment elsewhere. Kameny died in his Washington home of natural causes at the age of 86.“The decision regarding interment of Frank Kameny’s ashes rests solely with Timothy Clark, the Personal Representative of the Estate of Franklin E. Kameny,” the Ackerman Brown statement says.“Mr. Clark has decided to inter the ashes at an undisclosed location. Mr. Clark asks the community to respect his wishes and his privacy,” the statement says.Clark’s announcement through his attorneys comes more than two years after the local LGBT charitable group Helping Our Brothers and Sisters (HOBS) purchased a burial plot for Kameny’s ashes at Congressional Cemetery.HOBS and some of Kameny’s gay activist friends and supporters who worked with the group to choose the location of the cemetery site said it would become a monument to Kameny’s legacy and a place where
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