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A veto does not decide the issue

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Wednesday vetoed legislation critics said would give businesses carte blanche to discriminate against gays and lesbians. She did this at the urging of many notable conservatives, the state’s Republican senators and a wide swath of its business establishment. Brewer, whatever her motive, acted wisely. The perception was the Arizona law enlisted religion as a thin cover for bigotry. Whatever the law would really do, it was not worth suffering that widespread, profoundly negative public judgment. The…

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