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Ariz. business leaders call for veto of anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014

PHOENIX — Arizona’s biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

Az-chamber-of-commerceThe legislation passed last week has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights, and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is among business groups requesting a veto.

The chamber said Monday the bill could hurt tourism, make it hard to recruit new businesses and open the door to lawsuits against businesses.

But conservative groups supporting the legislation are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it in to law.

U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake have both said they hope Brewer vetoes the bill, as have Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor.

On Monday, three Republican state senators who voted for the bill backtracked, and also called for a governor’s veto. Had the three lawmakers voted against the bill, it would have failed in the Senate.

The state Senate is expected to formally send the already approved bill to Brewer as early as Monday afternoon. She would then have five days to act.

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28 more reader comments:

  1. they have more sense then the governor.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 4:55pm
  2. Governor Brewer is an ignorant, disrespectful bigot and this so-called business advocacy group is just as blatant and flagrant in even proposing such a law which, with your comment, makes you an ignorant disrespectful bigot. Is that how you meant to promote yourself with your comment? You've given me no choice but to believe that's what you intended unless you reply.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:52pm
  3. Uh, this business advocacy group is calling for a veto on the bill. They want the bill destroyed, and they weren't the ones who proposed it in the first place. Actuallly read the article before you flame people, Kelly.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:11pm
  4. Yeah really ? What a dump that place is.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 4:57pm
  5. Thanks For Posting!
    Philip Jones
    Black History Month!
    2014!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 4:58pm
  6. The governor has yet to vote on it so perhaps she’ll have a moment of clarity?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 4:58pm
  7. I would hope so. Is Gov related to Ann Coulter? Sisters in evil, maybe

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 4:58pm
  8. That’s so racist

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:01pm
  9. Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:03pm
  10. It’s because they fear it will hurt business, not because they particularly care about the rights of gay people. But at least they are calling for a veto.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:05pm
  11. Members of the Chamber and several in GOP including other state officials are against this …will the Governor listen ???

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:07pm
  12. thems is scerd now, huh?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:09pm
  13. Let the battle for the $$$ begin – Arizona!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:10pm
  14. If this law passes, Arizona will become a very dangerous place to be for anyone–even straight people. Anyone could legally deny you any service merely because they perceive you to be gay, or to be someone who offends their “religious beliefs,” which can easily include divorced people, unmarried cohabitators, those of a different religion, etc. You could be denied transportation, lodging, food, medicine, medical treatment, or any other urgently needed service, just because someone doesn’t approve of you. And it would be totally legal.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:10pm
  15. amenzzzaaa john you r right

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:32pm
  16. No, only religious people would be able to discriminate. Atheists are out of luck.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:53pm
  17. In this fight we have to have more than one method to fight back. There is another petition going around that would hit the state where it hurts, in the wallet. Arizona has been chosen to host the 2015 Super Bowl. Sign and share if you think Arizona should lose that privilege.

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/move-the-super-bowl-out

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:12pm
  18. Let their business’s fail!!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:12pm
  19. Are any of you really surprised? after all this is the state that gave police the right to “profile” anyone who may have “alien status”

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:12pm
  20. funny how when you hit the pocketbook they sing a different tune

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:13pm
  21. You’d see signs saying “we don’t serve sinners” and no one would shop there

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:30pm
  22. You are exactly right John Bickford…this will allow total discrimination against anyone…….I will never travel here again and spend one dime as I have the last couple of years….

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:30pm
  23. they need to be glad they got folks paying for services in they stores an restaurants should not be a issue over ya race type a person who is what or dam sex preferences

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:35pm
  24. Capitalism rocks.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:37pm
  25. FU#% it…People need to learn from their mistakes! Allow the bill to stand and watch the states enacting this shit to suffer from immigration out of the state and suffer millions of dollar deficits…They will all be begging for the LGBT community to come back and it will be too late…People don’t realize this isn’t about “the gays” anymore…this affects “STRAIGHT people” too, who stand on our side!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:38pm
  26. Please forgive my lack of knowledge, but is there a petition signed by interested parties that backs a bill? Also, is that petition which was signed, public information? No doubt those interested parties also indicated the name of their business, i.e.: store, restaurant, hotel. Those places should be boycotted after this bill does not pass. Let the haters whine and cry about their failed buisnesses.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:45pm
  27. for anyone against the gays and them being served the greatest Christian singer Ray Boltze is gay .Now im sure God is sending him to hell and Im sure he is refused service.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:54pm
  28. before most of them all go out of business.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:59pm