Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

2/27/2014 (4 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

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.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

2/27/2014 (4 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.

Saint Patrick's Day is coming -- go here!

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.

Pope Francis calls for your 'prayer and action'...

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Politics & Policy

U.S. Bishops say Obama's executive order 'implements discrimination' Watch

Image of Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, pictured, and Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo in a statement noted that the executive order, which will impact a fifth of the U.S. workforce, discriminates against faithful Catholics.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A new order by U.S. President Obama that forbids federal contractors from discriminating "on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity," has been denounced by U.S. bishops as "unprecedented and extreme and should be opposed" and, in effect, ... continue reading


Israel harshly critical of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, called 'an Alien' Watch

Image of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's apparent decision to use Qatar as a conduit through which to communicate with Hamas, effectively ditching an earlier Egyptian proposal which the group had rejected has stirred the pot.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The United States and Israel have been the staunchest of allies since Israel reached statehood following World War II - but this doesn't mean that the nations have always seen eye-to-eye. Indeed, the right-wing faction of the Israeli government are harshly ... continue reading


President Obama is 'mailing it in', bought the farm - spending lots of time golfing and goofing off Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Lackadaisical. That word is used to define "lacking enthusiasm and determination; carelessly lazy." Lackadaisical appears to described U.S. President Barack Obama as of late. The president is pending an awful lot of time playing golf while the nation and the ... continue reading


In President Obama's war on religious freedom the people suffer another loss Watch

Image of A July 21 executive order has dealt a huge blow to the cause of freedom of religion in the United States.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

President Barack Obama's July 21 executive order prohibiting discrimination based on sexual-self-identification has lead to strong criticism from several prominent U.S. bishops, calling the executive order "unprecedented and extreme." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Efforts against female genital mutilation could be thwarted by population growth Watch

Image of Due partly to community activism and legislation, the prevalence of FGM, which involves the cutting away of the external female genitalia, and the marriage of girls under the age of 18 has decreased slightly over the last 30 years, UNICEF said.

By Lisa Anderson, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Advances in fighting female genital mutilation, or FGM and child marriage could be offset by population growth unless the rate of progress increases, according to new data released Tuesday by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). (Thomson Reuters ... continue reading


FREE SPEECH VIOLATED: Tea party groups' lawsuit against IRS proceeds Watch

Image of Among the individuals named in the lawsuit is Lois Lerner, who headed the division that processes applications for tax-exempt status at that time.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

They're not going to take it - and they're taking their claims to court. A federal judge has allowed a lawsuit by 10 tea party groups to move forward against the Internal Revenue Service. The judge rejected a request by the federal government to dismiss all the ... continue reading


'Suing the president is the right path to go down here,' Boehner declares Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The House of Representatives has no plans to use its own constitutional authority to withhold funding from actions by President Obama. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) indicated that if the president takes actions that exceed his constitutional authority, ... continue reading


Federal government says state death penalties are 'unconstitutional' Watch

Image of A federal judge has called California's death penalty unconstitutional. Surprisingly though, this judge is a conservative republican, a party that has long opposed federal overreach into state rights.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

A federal judge ruled that California's death penalty is unconstitutional on July 16, claiming that the state's system is arbitrary, unfair, and cruel and unusual because of a lengthy process that leaves prisoners in the dark about their actual death row status. ... continue reading


'American people have a right to know,' Issa proclaims Watch

Image of Darrel Issa says that Simas' testimony was

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa of California said administration claims that White House political director David Simas was immune from testimony were "absurd" and "deeply disturbing." Defying a subpoena, Issa has now set up a new high-profile fight ... continue reading


Cheat on your taxes? It just got a lot easier Watch

Image of If you still fear a knock at your door anytime soon, it must be noted that one's chances of getting audited vary greatly and are based on income.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

If you cheat on your taxes - or senselessly worry that some indiscretion in your recent past will have the Internal Revenue Service shortly breathing down your neck - things just got a little bit brighter. The GOP-controlled House has voted to slash the budget ... continue reading


All Politics & Policy News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Gospel, John 11:19-27
19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 29th, 2014 Image

St. Martha
July 29: "Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter