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Arizona governor vetoes controversial discrimination measure

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Isadore Boni, a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe, participates in a protest at the Arizona state capitol against a discriminatory bill that could be signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer (R). February 24, 2014. Photo courtesy Isadore Boni.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed business owners to refuse service to certain customers based on religious reasons.

SB 1062 drew national headlines. It was seen as an anti-gay discriminatory measure.

“As governor, I have protected religious freedoms when there is a specific and present concern that exists in our state,” Brewer said last night. “Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.”

Get the Story:
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes Senate Bill 1062 (The Arizona Republic 2/27)
National firestorm around legislation surprising to some (The Arizona Republic 2/27)
Arizona governor vetoes bill on denying services to gays (The Washington Post 2/27)
Arizona Governor Vetoes Bill on Refusal of Service to Gays (The New York Times 2/27)

Related Stories:
Steve Russell: Arizona's racist history rears its ugly head again (2/26)
Arizona governor urged to reject bill that allows discrimination (2/25)


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