#SB1062: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial “religious freedom” bill, known as SB 1062, saying that it is too broadly worded and could have “unintended and negative consequences” in the future. She said the bill has the potential to create more problems than it purports it will solve. Brewer said her agenda is to sign legislation that furthers Arizona.
And, as the backlash intensified, even more conservative constituencies pressured Brewer to reject the bill. Arizona business groups sent her letters, Republican U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake expressed their opposition and even GOP lawmakers who voted for the bill pushed her to reject it.
Only a select few hard-line conservatives, like Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) and the Heritage Foundation, remained steadfast in their support.
Brewer stressed that she had consulted with all sides before making her decision.
“I call them like I see them, despot the cheers and the jeers from the crowd,” she said. “Religious freedom is an American value, and so is non-discrimination.” Source: Talking Points Memo
The battle isn’t over. There are still anti-gay “license to discriminate” bills pending in Mississippi and Georgia. Many believe the Georgia bill, House Bill 1023, also known as “The Preservation of Religious Freedom Act,” is dead in the House. Many believe the bill would allow private business owners to cite their religious beliefs as a reason to deny service to gay customers. There is also a bill in the Georgia Senate, Senate Bill 377, that is very similar to HB1023.