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Published On: Fri, Feb 28th, 2014

Arizona Gov Jan Brewer vetoes bill allowing businesses to refuse services based on religious beliefs

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill Wednesday that would have allowed businesses to legally refuse service based on religious beliefs.

The conservative Republican governor said during a press conference that she could not sign a bill that didn’t seem necessary.

“Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” said Brewer. “I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated. The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences. After weighing all of the arguments, I vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago.”

Numerous corporations like Apple Inc., American Airlines and even the National Football League encouraged Brewer to reject the bill.

Brewer’s actions were applauded by Republican Senator John McCain and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, both former GOP presidential candidates.

“I appreciate the decision made by Governor Brewer to veto this legislation, Sen. McCain said in a statement. “I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and assure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful State of Arizona.”

Critics claim the law would have discriminated against gays allowing those who don’t support same-sex marriage to deny services.

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