You may have noticed — or perhaps not — that almost every time a state government anywhere in America entertains the notion of adopting laws that might infringe upon the rights of gay people, the political backlash these days comes in part from big businesses.
Last year, for example, the business community raised a great fuss about a so-called religious liberty bill in Indiana, prompting the state to weaken the measure somewhat. But the controversy still is said to have cost Indiana about $60 million in revenues.
In various other cases, large corporations with familiar names similarly have threatened to withdraw from states where anti-gay legislation is under consideration. Even the National Football League indicated that plans for a Super Bowl in Atlanta would be reviewed if Georgia adopted a certain measure seen as homophobic.
The irony in all of this is that it represents a new strain in relations between business interests and social conservatives in the Republican Party. GOP leaders are now torn between their traditional pro-business fealty and their fear of right-wing religionists.
Still, the times are changing — and Republicans won't be able to turn back the clock.[Posting from my fellow blogger Leavenworth Times]