Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced her veto late Wednesday night of the controversial “religious freedom” Senate Bill 1062.
Taking no questions from reporters at the press conference, Brewer said she “calls them as she sees them,” so after days of “careful evaluation and deliberate consideration,” she vetoed the bill that had her under attack from members in her own party, to airlines, and even the National Football League who threated to pull the 2015 Super Bowl from Arizona if the bill passed.
Senate Bill 1062, which would have allowed business owners to deny service based on religious beliefs, particularly to gay and lesbian customers, “does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer told reporters. “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.”
She told supporters of the bill that she understood that “long held norms about marriage and family were being challenged as never before,” but said she believed the legislation “had the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve [and] could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.”
“Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non discrimination,” Brewer said.
Watch her short statement here via Politico: