Judge Nap's Take on AZ Religious Freedom Bill, Holder's Gay Marriage Stance
Judge Andrew Napolitano provided some analysis on two stories that are making headlines today.
In Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer (R) has until the end of the week to decide whether she'll sign or veto a bill that gives businesses the right to deny service to customers for religious reasons. Critics have called the bill, which passed the Arizona Legislature last week, "state-sanctioned discrimination," and argued that it could open the door for business owners to cite religious beliefs in denying services to homosexuals.
He believes if Brewer signs the bill it would touch off a costly legal fight for the state that it would ultimately lose.
"The only advice I would give her is: get out your checkbook because you'll be defending this statute in federal court by next week," he said.
Meantime, Attorney General Eric Holder has directed state attorneys general that they do not have to defend laws that they consider discriminatory, effectively giving the green light for states to stop defending bans on gay marriage.
Napolitano said he interprets Holder's statement to mean that attorneys general can decline to personally handle a case that they object to, but the matter would still be defended by another attorney on the state's behalf.