We don't often agree with Fox News, but on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of anti-gay legislation, its opinion was spot on: The action was all about money and politics, not gay rights. Fox seems to think that's a bad thing. Not us.
It shows the power of the business community to bring about social change if it's united and willing to speak out. And it shows that gay Americans and those who support equal rights are a powerful economic force.
Imagine the possibilities with immigration reform if businesses besieged Congress the way they carpet-bombed Brewer. The argument is similar. Reform is the right thing to do, and it will be good for business.
The particularly insulting nature of Arizona's SB1062 made it pretty easy to speak out.
Reacting to a court ruling against a photographer who didn't want to shoot a gay wedding, the Republican-controlled Legislature passed the bill to inoculate businesses from consequences if they choose not to serve gays. This was couched as protecting the exercise of religion in opposing gay marriage.
Fortunately, Arizona businesses made it clear that the vast majority of them wanted no part of this law. They knew it would result in a devastating loss of commerce.
Apple, American Airlines and other national companies with direct interests in Arizona also spoke out eloquently. They knew they would lose customers as well as talented employees.
Major League Baseball spoke out, and so did the National Football League, which could have moved its 2015 Super Bowl elsewhere. Brewer knew the NFL wasn't kidding: It had pulled a Super Bowl from Arizona in the 1990s, when the state refused to recognize Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
To their credit, both of Arizona's Republican U.S. senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, opposed the anti-gay bill all along. Some GOP lawmakers who voted for the bill later said they regretted it and urged Brewer to veto it.
Of course it would be wonderful if everyone suddenly supported equal rights for gays as a philosophical imperative. But half a century after the Civil Rights Act, there are still Americans who believe racial discrimination is not wrong.
Equal rights for gays, including the legal benefits of marriage, are not yet a given in law. Kansas and Mississippi are considering bills similar to Arizona's.
But the tide is turning, both in the federal courts and the court of public opinion.
Arizona's blunder may help it along. We hope so. Fox may not.