Arizona Governor Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

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Arizona Governor, Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses in the state to deny service to LGBT people if they felt it violated their religious freedoms.


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Gov. Jan Brewer

The controversial anti-gay bill caused outrage among gay rights campaigners in recent weeks, but last night Brewer announced that she would veto the bill, saying that it was too vague and would cause more problems than it would solve.

The Republican Governor said in a statement, “Senate Bill 1062 does 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,” adding that it “could result in unintended and negative consequences.”

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Celebrations in Phoenix

Addressing the concerns of the conservative supporters of the bill, she said, “I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine, and no one would ever want.”

Gay rights activists rallied in the capitol of Phoenix, and erupted with cheers after the announcement was made.

Arizona is still one of the 33 states that bans same-sex marriage.


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