Theodore's World: GOP Governor Brewer Vetoes SB 1062 (the religious rights bill )

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February 27, 2014

GOP Governor Brewer Vetoes SB 1062 (the religious rights bill )

GOP Governor Brewer Vetoes SB 1062

AP report

Brewer said, “The bill was broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.”

Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.

Loud cheers erupted outside the Capitol building immediately after Brewer made her announcement.

“My agenda is to sign into law legislation that advances Arizona,” Brewer said at a news conference. “I call them like I see them despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd. After weighing all the arguments, I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago.”

The Republican governor said she gave the legislation careful deliberation in talking to her lawyers, citizens, businesses and lawmakers on both sides of the debate. Her office said it received more than 40,000 calls and emails on the legislation, with most of them urging a veto.

Brewer said the bill “could divide Arizona in ways we could not even imagine and no one would ever want.” The bill was broadly worded and could result in unintended negative consequences, she added.

Senior Counsel Doug Napier released this statement regarding Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision Wednesday to veto SB 1062:

“Freedom loses when fear overwhelms facts and a good bill is vetoed. Today’s veto enables the foes of faith to more easily suppress the freedom of the people of Arizona. Even though the battle has become more difficult, Alliance Defending Freedom stands ready to defend any Arizonan who suffers the indignity of religious discrimination.”

Wild Thing's comment............

She was under tremendous pressure and lots of threats from all kinds of business and sport groups. I would imagine it was not an easy thing to do either way she would have handled this.

Posted by Wild Thing at February 27, 2014 12:50 AM


A bill like this is a too edged sword. Nobody has more stringent religious beliefs than Muslims and they could use a law like this to refuse service to women, Jews, Christians, people with assistance dogs, or anyone else they consider unclean. People could declare their own religion and refuse service to you.

On the other hand, the ONLY reason a Homosexual would want a photographer who's a devout Christian and against marriage between the same sexes would be to make an issue of it. Myself, it would be disgusting to attend the "wedding" of two men.

Posted by: BobF at February 27, 2014 08:54 AM