Arizona governor rejects anti-gay discrimination bill
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to members of the LGBT community.
The controversial Senate Bill 1062, gave owners to right to deny clients based on their religious beliefs that being gay was immoral.
The controversial measure faced a surge of opposition in recent days from large corporations and athletic organizations, including Delta Air Lines, the Super Bowl host committee and Major League Baseball.
[…] On Wednesday, the governor said she made the decision she knew was right for Arizona. “I call them as I see them, despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd,” Brewer said, criticizing what she described as a “broadly worded” bill that “could result in unintended and negative consequences.”
“To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before. Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes,” she said in a statement. “However, 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.
“Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value. So is non-discrimination.”
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