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2/27/2014 (5 months ago)

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Governor Jan Brewer was encouraged by big business to veto the bill

Citing that anti-gay legislation could have "unintended and negative consequences," Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to turn away gay customers due to their religious beliefs.

Citing that anti-gay legislation could have 'unintended and negative consequences,' Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to turn away gay customers due to their religious beliefs.

Citing that anti-gay legislation could have "unintended and negative consequences," Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to turn away gay customers due to their religious beliefs.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/27/2014 (5 months ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Arizona, anti-gay legislation, veto, conservatives, religious freedom


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic online) - Touted as a religious liberty protection by social conservatives, opponents denounced it as legalizing anti-gay discrimination. In addition, business groups warned it would tarnish Arizona's reputation and discourage companies from moving to the state.

Based upon protecting religious freedoms, the legislation would have given legal protection to those discriminating against others. Authors of the legislation argued people should be allowed not to sell something or serve someone, if it didn't coincide with their religious beliefs.

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On one level, the bill was certain to fail. It essentially said, "I'm sorry, I won't take your money because of what you do behind closed doors." The gay rights movement in America, which has seen more and more states accepting of gay marriage, has momentum and strong support.

Furthermore, tech giant Apple, which is bringing a new factory and 2,000 jobs to Arizona, had urged Brewer to veto the bill, as did American Airlines, the Marriott hotel chain and the group responsible for bringing the next Super Bowl to the state.

For a pro-business governor trying to pull the state out of recession, the leader of the Chamber of Commerce said that a huge majority of businesses opposed the bill.

Governor Brewer had held private briefings with opponents, and religious conservatives who proposed the bill before announcing her decision. The bill was strongly denounced from traditionally conservative voices, such as local Republican Senator John McCain and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who both pressed for a veto. 

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Brewer, a Republican, said the bill did "not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona."

"I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated," she said. Brewer spent Wednesday in deep conversation with both supporters and opponents of the bill and said she had vetoed it because she believed it had "the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.

"It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and nobody could ever want," she said.

Cheers were heard outside the Arizona capitol building immediately after the governor announced the veto.

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