TUCSON — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would have bolstered a business owner’s right to refuse service to gays and others on the basis of religion.
The move comes after an intense national outcry by the gay community, its supporters, business owners and Arizona political leaders, who urged the governor to veto SB 1062.
In a televised address from Phoenix, Brewer said the bill was worded too broadly and could result in “unintended and negative consequences” for the state.
Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill on Refusal of Service to Gays
By FERNANDA SANTOS
FEB. 26, 2014
PHOENIX — Ending a day that cast a glaring national spotlight on Arizona, Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, vetoed a bill on Wednesday that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gay men, lesbians and other people on religious grounds.
Her action came amid mounting pressure from Arizona business leaders, who said the bill would be a financial disaster for the state and would harm its reputation. Prominent members of the Republican establishment, including Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Scott of Florida, also sided with the bill’s opponents, who argued that the measure would have allowed people to use religion as a fig leaf for prejudice.
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