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Ariz. governor Jan Brewer vetoes anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) vetoes SB 1062.

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Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) vetoes SB 1062.

Updated: 8:40 p.m. MST

PHOENIX — 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.”

Ross D. Franklin, APArizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer finishes speaking at a news conference announcing she has vetoed SB1062, a bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.

Ross D. Franklin, AP
Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer finishes speaking at a news conference announcing she has vetoed SB1062, a bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, at the Arizona Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.

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.

The bill backed by Republicans in the Legislature was designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. But opponents called it an open attack on gays that invited discrimination.

The bill thrust Arizona into the national spotlight last week after both chambers of the state legislature approved it. As the days passed, more and more groups, politicians and average citizens weighed in against SB1062. Many took to social media to criticize the bill.

Prominent business groups said it would be another black eye for the state that saw a national backlash over its 2010 immigration-crackdown law, SB1070, and warned that businesses looking to expand into the state may not do so if bill became law.

Companies such as Apple Inc. and American Airlines, and politicians including GOP Sen. John McCain and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney were among those who urged Brewer to veto the legislation. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, which is overseeing preparations for the 2015 game, came out with a statement against the legislation. The Hispanic National Bar Association on Wednesday said it canceled its 2015 convention in Phoenix over the measure.

In addition, three Republicans who had voted for the bill reversed course and said it was a mistake. They said in a letter to Brewer that while the intent of their vote “was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance.”

Enough lawmakers have said they’re against the bill to make it certain there will be no override of the governor’s veto.

SB 1062 allows people to claim their religious beliefs as a defense against claims of discrimination. Backers cite a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that allowed a gay couple to sue a photographer who refused to document their wedding, even though the law that allowed that suit doesn’t exist in Arizona.

Sen. Al Melvin, a Republican who is running for governor and voted for the bill, said he is disappointed by the veto.

“I am sorry to hear that Gov. Brewer has vetoed this bill. I’m sure it was a difficult choice for her, but it is a sad day when protecting liberty is considered controversial,” Melvin said.

Democrats said it was a veiled attempt to legally discriminate against gay people and could allow people to break nearly any law and cite religious freedom as a defense.

Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego said he would remain vigilant of other legislation that could also target gays.

“The effect is that again we got a black eye,” Gallego said. “But it also shows that Arizona can stand united.”

Democratic leaders in the Legislature thanked the governor for vetoing the bill. But they said it should not have ever made it to her desk.

“It’s time to move Arizona forward and make sure that something like Senate Bill 1062 never happens again,” Senate Minority Leader Anna Tovar said. “It’s time to show the nation and the world what Arizona is truly about.”

The Center for Arizona Policy helped write the bill and argued it was needed to protect against increasingly activist federal courts and simply clarifies existing state law.

“It is truly a disappointing day in our state and nation when lies and personal attacks can over shadow the truth,” said Cathi Herrod, the leader of the group.

Similar religious-protection legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, but Arizona’s plan is the only one that has been passed by a state Legislature. The legislation was withdrawn in Ohio on Wednesday, and similar bills are stalled in Idaho and Kansas.

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  1. finally someone got it right

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:50am
  2. Duh! What other option was there!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:50am
  3. The other option was that she might have not have vetoed it.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:35am
  4. lol^

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:49am
  5. Good shit

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:50am
  6. Ugh panic over! Thank fuck she did SOMETHING RIGHT for once!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:50am
  7. fun fact: John McCain voted for this bill and realized, "Wait, that wouldn't work at all." Guess he got a lecture from his Log Cabin Republican daughter.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:02am
  8. McCain isn't a member of the Arizona Senate. He didn't vote for it

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:13am
  9. HAHA, you're funny!

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:13am
  10. So happy that this hate bill was destroyed...AND I learned a new fun word...You know I am gonna steal "Thank FUCK"...Thank you Hayden for teaching an old man who loves to say FUCK a new way...

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:18am
  11. Well, if I were Jan Brewer, I'd want to be remembered for more than skywriting "SURRENDER DOROTHY" above the Arizona Governor's Mansion...

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:21am
  12. Thank you

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  13. w00t! She did it for the tourism $$, but it was still the right thing to do.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  14. She also may just have made it seem like she did it for financial reasons to mitigate the disappointment of the religious conservative assholes

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  15. Good job Ms Brewer!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  16. Very smart decision!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  17. Big deal…the politicians already told us what Arizona thinks.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  18. ty for vetoing it!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  19. THANK GOD!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  20. Woo Hoo!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  21. Good job!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  22. :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  23. Not for the right reasons. All for the $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$, and outside pressure.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  24. The right action for the wrong reasons is still the right action. I'll take it this time. ;)

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  25. Well done!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  26. Great decision!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  27. Hell has frozen over!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  28. It wasn't unexpected. She had vetoed similar legislation before. Still, glad to see her do the right thing here.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  29. Well she isnt exactly a gay rights advocate, which is why I am pleasantly surprised

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  30. Oh, I completely understand. But as others have pointed out, she thinks with her wallet, and her wallet told her this was a very bad business move.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:00am
  31. She did the right thing for the wrong reason. Oh well better than the inverse of that i suppose.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  32. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  33. Good for the people of AZ.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  34. Good.

    Not stop letting Republicans Get Elected.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  35. Wow. She acted human. Throw the confetti.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  36. I disagree. I rather know what businesses dont approve of my lifestyle so I wouldnt waste my hard earned money!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  37. Why would you care what they think about you, so long as they offer you the same service as everyone else? That's almost as weird as the discrimination.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  38. Yay

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  39. Hell Yeah!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  40. YES!!!!!!! Wise choice, Miss Brewer!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  41. Duh! She knows the money comes from

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  42. Finally some sense coming to Arizona – what a waste of time! Can’t they work on REAL issues to that state?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  43. YAY!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  44. I hope she doesn’t think this is saving her in November, but atleast one thing got done right.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  45. Yah!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  46. Lauri Owen

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  47. way to go Arizona

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  48. But she did it for the money :(

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  49. good

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  50. About time!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  51. oh noez~! mai religis freedom is under attak!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  52. An attack of sanity in Arizona.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  53. Scare is over, and she’s gone into LGBT history!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  54. Damn right she vetoed it. She’s still an idiot, but evidently the bitch knows whats good for her.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  55. No she had to think bout it so that tells u something and when the nfl has to say something bout pullin the suoer bowl out that says alot to. That should tell u which way she was leanin. I agree with yall but its bull shit that so many people had to step up and say something bout it is bullshit

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  56. YES!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  57. Good for her!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  58. Yes

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  59. Just goes to show… the only thing religious radicals care about more than the holier-than-thou BS, is MONEY.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  60. Arizona still has a long way to go

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  61. She is a vile hag

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  62. I never doubted it unless she was just stupid. Way to go

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  63. What does this mean now?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  64. I am not thanking her because she vetoed it. It was a no brainer she should have done it long ago, probably since the first minute she could. This is all for the money and publicity. Either way I am very impressed with industries and big companies pressuring her to veto the bill. Otherwise I think it might have gone the other way.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  65. YAY!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  66. This is one moment of rationality for Gov. Brewer. Maybe the only?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  67. that is very good news…..You know God is watching……all of us

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  68. Even as a straight guy I can’t believe this is still an issue in 2014, but its nice to see so much progress being made recently.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  69. What happens when money is no longer an issue? :/

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  70. YAYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  71. Make no mistake she didn’t do this out of the goodness of her heart, but because she is a political animal. She paused long enough to show her support of it by pretending to research the bill and to build up her profile on the national stage, and then veto’ed it to look like she was doing the right thing. This was a political move, just like the Immigration issue she believes ‘the gay’ are the scum of the earth.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  72. You're mistaken. She was in Washington DC at governors meetings for the last five(?) days. She wasn't home to pass or veto it. She got home tonight after a weather delay (it snowed this morning).

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:02am
  73. Spent five minutes trying to find out if a Governor can veto bills while out of state. Could not find anything that said they could not, so I don't know how to answer your reply. So I will try this. Since she didn't say the moment it passed she would veto it when she got back to her desk and then waited a week (and increase of profile and political pressure from the business wing), backs up my initial comment. She didn't care it discriminated against a section of society, all she cared about was how it would effect the money.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:10am
  74. She got back Monday. So she waited 2 days. But I think she waited too long. The damage has been done.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:14am
  75. This bill has been around in the news for five days or more, most likely longer as it was being brewed. She would have known about it and could have easily spoken up about it (which would have cost her political support not being seen a a GOP Hard liner), or said I will veto it if it passed. The damage was done, she knew it would pass as the Arizona house is a loony tune at the moment. The veto was about money nothing more, nothing less... She may have done the 'right-thing' but for the wrong reasons.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:17am
  76. I like the way she scolded the legislature for passing this bill, instead of working on the issues she considers much more important to Arizona.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  77. Good at least one person in AZ with brains

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  78. Thanks to common sense.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  79. No. She did not veto this bill because it discriminates against the LGBT community; she vetoed it because “it would be bad for business in Arizona.”

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:54am
  80. In others words, she did a Triple H. 'It's whats good for business'.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:37am
  81. The sad thing is that SB1062 was a minor tweak of state law.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  82. She’s stupid but not retarded, all that waiting etc was to save face where she could with her party for reelection purposes…the funny part is republicans are greedy as hell…and guess who big business recognizes as spenders…US…ergo, we got them by the balls rather they like it or not

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  83. Thank you Lady!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  84. Veto it

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  85. YESSSSSSS!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  86. Thank god. That decision shouldn’t have taken so long to come to. It’s a no brainer Jan.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  87. Me and my parents were just talking about this old hag.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  88. Does it feel good to do the right thing?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  89. About time. Glad she took the right path, for whatever reason.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:55am
  90. Credit to Gov. Brewer. She made the right call.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  91. Finally!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  92. There was a lot of $$$$ at stake, she is not doing it bc it’s the right thing to do but bc of all the bad publicity and potential loss of revenues. But glad this oppressive and discriminatory law was not passed.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  93. She did The Right Thing she is Still A Biggott And A Pig

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  94. Called it

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  95. “do i really have to even say no to this?”

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  96. F—k her.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  97. Yay!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  98. Sanity has prevailed in the state of Arizona!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  99. Glad that’s over…for now. Who knows what will come up next. Everyone deserves to live in peace.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  100. Good! You cant use religion to be a homophobic jackass.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  101. Only good news have happen today

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  102. I guess I’ll stay in Phoenix for now.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  103. Ohio’s this states reflection. This law is trying to be passed.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  104. Hey that lady is ugly. She needs to shut up and keep her comments to her self

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  105. WHATS THE WORD I AM LOOKING FOR…….”amen”……YEAH THATS IT

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  106. Somebody got scared xD. I guess forced progress is better than no progress :D

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:57am
  107. Veto, so now they can try to override her yes?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  108. It’s not about people. It’s about money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  109. Pressure finally paid off and they backed down. Maybe it’s the mega money in lost revenue the State would lose that made a dent in their resolve?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  110. I was so sure she would sign it into law

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  111. Awesome

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  112. Glad she Vetoed this bill!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  113. THANKS LGBTQ NATION FOR YOUR SUPER UPDATES OF THIS AND OTHER CRAZINESS IN OUR NATION!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  114. Money trumps their homophobic bigoted convictions.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:58am
  115. YES!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:59am
  116. WOO HOOO, te Haggard, yes that Ted Haggard just said eventually the supreme court wilil make equality the law of the land, let it be the Bill of Freedom, http://billoffreedom.com/

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:59am
  117. ha ha ha.. like in the Philippines politicians eked it out for money…yet

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:59am
  118. she is an dumb blon idiot in Arizona government. I would not serve her in Illinois for her blondeness

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:00am
  119. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:01am
  120. She’s the WOMAN!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:01am
  121. it is good manna from Heaven coursed thfough Gov. Jan Brewer… goodluck!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:01am
  122. THANK YOU SWEET JESUS!!! :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:01am
  123. She only did what she thought would have the “least” backlash!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:01am
  124. Glad it was vetoed!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:01am
  125. WE LEFT HER OPTIONLESSS.. THANKS FOR COMING TOGETHER FOR A GOOD CAUSE PPL!! XOXO

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:01am
  126. Victory. Down with the bigots!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:02am
  127. She wants that NFL money. The NFL threatened to pull the Super Bowl

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:02am
  128. They are still contemplating moving; they are still looking at alternate sites.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:18am
  129. A positive step in what has been a dreadful couple of weeks around the globe for the LGBT community.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:02am
  130. still don’t like her

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:02am
  131. Sad she did not talk about our gay community at all.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  132. Awesome news

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  133. Swell. Her 15 minutes are over. Next!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  134. This country takes 3 steps forward and 10 steps back . I understand business owners have a right to refuse customers but it doesn’t need to be a law. As I see it , there isn’t anything wrong with my life style . Who I love and who I marry doesn’t need to be a huge deal . Homophobes need to realize that . As far as I’m concerned when it is my judgement day I will be the one being judged for my faults not me an everyone else. And at the same time how long did it take African Americans to stop being discriminated against . It’s not a LGBT right it’s a human right . I’m glad there is progress with “gay” marriage . And the best way I can put it is in the song Same Love by Macklemore . No matter what I stand PROUD

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  135. I do not believe if you are open to the public that you get to pick which public it is. Open a private club,..you can allow anyone you want or deny anyone you want.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:50am
  136. Ok then, grand cannon vacation is back on.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  137. Why would you want to spend your money there? She didn't say she vetoed this bill because it discriminated against the LGBT people living in Arizona. She said she was vetoing the bill because it was bad for business in Arizona. She said she told the state legislators last year to figure out ways to bring more business into Arizona. This is what they came up with this year. And you think it's okay to go and pump your hard-earned money into a state that still hates?

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:22am
  138. Bravo……..!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  139. She only did this for the cash. If anyone thinks she did it for “equality” you are living in a dream land. The Super Bowl, The WNBA All-Star Game and the numerous resorts and housing developments over there….come on people. She doesnt care about us.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:03am
  140. What is it with people who can't overlook the political differences and recognize she did THE RIGHT THING?! It doesn't matter WHY she did it-she didn't pass a bill that gives the state's blessing to businesses who discriminate against gay people. That's a good thing!

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  141. Yes she vetoed this foolery, but she still doesnt care about us, and we will still be looked at as scum. She was pressured by big wigs, angry citizens, and maybe running for another term to do this.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  142. ^ agreed.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  143. I live in Arizona and I sincerely think she did it because she did not approve of it. this is her 2nd time vetoing a bill here. Quit arguing about it and be happy! <3

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:16am
  144. Arizona still has no protection for the LGBT community.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:18am
  145. whether she cares or not it still helps to make progress and what she said helps to bring some back toward the center instead of so far right or left, we have to come together and realize we have to coexist and these this type of legislation only divides . it's a good day in Texas too :)

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:19am
  146. Wrong, Sophie Mashburn. This is not a good thing. She did it for all of the wrong reasons. She could have said I am doing this for the right reasons; not only is this a bad for business bill, but it also discriminates against a part of our population here in arizona. She did no such thing. She claimed it was all bad for business and then said she would not sign it. It just goes to show that the governor's seat is occupied by a bigot and a homophobe.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:26am
  147. If you think that this will draw people to your state to spend tourist dollars, you all are sadly mistaken. The word is spreading fast that Brewer doesn't care about the LGBT population and it was very clear in her words today. Arizona is open for business as usual and not a damned thing has changed. Haters still hate.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:28am
  148. With all due respect, we don't know what she was thinking or felt when she made this decision. However, i choose to believe she made the decision both on moral and economical reasons. And, while some businesses were pushing for her to veto it, none of them were threatening to pull their businesses out...and the NFL never said anything about it...and were even considering putting the Pro Bowl in Arizona in 2015 in addition to the Super Bowl already being there that year (http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap2000000329238/article/nfl-in-talks-to-move-2015-pro-bowl-to-arizona ). She did the right thing and i think there was more to it than just her state's economy...but even if it were just that, isn't that STILL looking out for her people? With a poor economy, the people will still suffer, so either way, it works out the same. She did right

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:44am
  149. It helps when you have people in higher ranks pressuring you

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:04am
  150. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:04am
  151. It took Governor Brewer three days to read a two page bill and decide if she would allow legalized discrimination or not. She made the right choice with pressure from businesses, but my goodness, it should’ve been an automatic veto.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:04am
  152. She was in DC for two of those days. But she had a lot of pressure on her anyway

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:21am
  153. Call me jaded, but I say its all about the loss of potential tax dollars.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:22am
  154. In her defense, she only returned to Arizona on Monday.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:40am
  155. You don't think somebody emailed her the bill in DC?

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:41am
  156. Thank God, and bless Jan Brewer… =)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:04am
  157. YAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY.. TEARS OF JOY HERE

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:04am
  158. Awesome!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:04am
  159. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:04am
  160. It really isn’t that big of a surprise

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:04am
  161. Man she looks sad that she has to be for all the peiple

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  162. Damn those ramifications!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  163. Hell yeah I’m so happy my protest is off now. Still can’t stand this woman but at least she vetoed.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  164. Remember that is only a positive based upon the stopping of a negative. We should hold those who created the negative in the first place responsible.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  165. Damn straight. I highly doubt her intentions are to help gays, its only because of the smack down arizona was getting. pretty sad that money has to be the motivator.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  166. Never miss a good photo opp…go gurl!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  167. Remember this is the same woman who said she was gonna sign it. She’s still a horrible human being

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:05am
  168. Exactly! How did she get a change of heart in a few hours? Cold hard cash and a Mitt Romney Tweet? GTFOH. Thank God I live in Virginia..were I am equal.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  169. Awesome!!!* :)))

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  170. Business interests forced her hand; discrimination is bad for business.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  171. Jan Brewer did the right thing. Thanks Jan Brewer.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  172. I’ve known that she’s an ignorant cunt and money talks more. But at the end of the day it’s vetoed. Do the cunt has a pair and their green

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  173. Yes yes yes

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  174. A similar bill was just introduced in Missouri…. the fight is NOT over.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:06am
  175. What took her so long?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  176. Regardless of how or why, this is still a victory for common decency and human rights…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  177. Happy Dance

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  178. Finally that bitch did the right thing!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  179. You all know it was the NFL refusing to be associated with AZ that was the deciding factor!!! Brewer STILL needs to GO!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  180. I don’t give a damn why, just glad she did it.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  181. Still an issue that it got that fr, and I’m sure there is some type f majority over ride

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:07am
  182. what she should have said: I will not sign it because it’s wrong.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:08am
  183. I do not see this as a victory. Had this hate crime been signed into law, it would have been taken before, and then of course slapped down by, the United States Supreme Court – thus putting a stop to this nonsense once and for all! This veto was simply a recognition of that fact, and a (successful) GOP attempt to delay the inevitable.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:08am
  184. She shouldn’t have had to even consider this action. What a POS.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:08am
  185. Jan Brewer did the right thing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  186. duh…..obviously she doesn’t want to lose revenue or voters *sigh*

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  187. What took so long? Why did you have to make so many sit and worry?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  188. She did it for nothing but her buddies… As Shane here says, it wasn’t for the people being discriminated against. This governor is a… don’t get me started!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  189. Yes! Good now lets all move on to the next issue we all get to overreact to

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  190. Thank you “what a beautiful woman” yes I will b vacationing in Phoenix in March !!!!!!!!! Spending my.hard earned taxed Paid “gay money there ” Kudos Governor! !!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  191. we should just be happy she veto the fucking thing end of story

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  192. She wasn’t about to commit political suicide like the rest of the Conservatives who voted for this piece of turd

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:09am
  193. Any state that seriously considers such a bill is a state too full of hate for any LGBT person to feel or be safe in. No matter if it passes or not – no matter if the Gov “thinks” about whether to veto or not – no matter what happens, her office and this stats government is homophobic and should be ashamed.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:10am
  194. Thank God.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:10am
  195. The people who refuse to acknowledge her on the basis of the (R) next to her name are being ridiculous. I thought the goal was to get *more* republicans to see reason and support equality, and now some of you are giving her shit for it anyway. Whatever. I think she did the right thing, and I’m going to say THANK YOU GOVERNOR.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:11am
  196. omg thank goodness

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:11am
  197. Great

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:11am
  198. Too bad she had to stop and think about it. Proves she is a politician instead of a decent human being.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:11am
  199. This is great….but I say this with caution….it is not over the dummies will write something else….constant battle….and will need to be aware…..politicians always have their own AGENDAS

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  200. Shucks!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  201. Great news indeed!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  202. That bitch finally did something right!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  203. PRAISE GOD!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:12am
  204. Now I might move there

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:13am
  205. Shane Smith, John McCain is a US Senator not an Arizona State Senator. He did not, and could not vote for it. He did however, speak out against it. Get your facts straight.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:13am
  206. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:14am
  207. God loves everyone. How sad a religion could pursue laws of hatred. Preventing god’s love for everyone…..how sad. My religion is Love!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:14am
  208. The Governor handled this very well , time for business not discrimination . Thank You Governor Brewer for doing the right thing for all by this veto .

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:14am
  209. Like, like, like, like, like, like!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:14am
  210. We must emphasize the positives and the reason for the veto is not something we will ever know. At least that dreadful bill is history.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:14am
  211. This bill would have given business owners the “religious freedom” to discriminate against anyone, not just gay people. Imagine if a business decided not to serve Christians, Catholics or Muslims. They would have had the “freedom” to decide. I don’t know how this bill ever made it to the “Veto”. How did it get that far? Was it tacked on to something else and “slipped through”?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:14am
  212. I gotta move from AZ, if it’s not one thing it’s another with these politicians.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:15am
  213. Joey Buskirk

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:15am
  214. She still hate us …. but for now its a victory

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:15am
  215. You got it right Gov!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:15am
  216. Bank of amerika force her thanks heaven

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:16am
  217. Good, I’m sure she’s most likely doing it because it will hurt Arizona’s economy and not because it’s the right thing to do, but it’s good that she vetoed that bill either way.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:16am
  218. She's the Governor of Arizona...should she not make decisions based on what she believes will help (or hurt) Arizona's economy? The "right thing to do" is quite often a matter of opinion. It is just as bad to believe that all others should have your exact opinion, and no other, as it is to pass a bill putting such a belief into law.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:46am
  219. She can do whatever she thinks is right for the State she represents, however I'm not gonna celebrate Her in this case as it was about the Money and nothing else. Yes, you're right It's just as wrong of me to hope that everyone should come to the realization that LGBT people don't deserve being discriminated against as it would have been for Gov. Brewer to have signed that law.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:13am
  220. When will we ever get along??

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:16am
  221. Sophie Blake Mashburn, it ABSOLUTELY matters WHY she did it. She did it because of economics, then because her legacy would be trashed and then (maybe) because she thinks that the LGBT Community deserves equality. If equality were at the forefront of her thinking, she would have vetoed it immediately!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:16am
  222. Angelica Rosado

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:17am
  223. I said this would never go anywhere two weeks ago because it interferes with the real U.S. religion, the almighty dollar. The religious nuts can do what they want until it gets cross ways with their corporate owners.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:17am
  224. Thank goodness she has some common sense! EQUALITY FOR ALL

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:17am
  225. ALOT would be an understatement as to what came into her decision to veto bill and the negative effects it would have caused on Arizona. Not only would the superbowl had been removed and pulled from them, but they also had the houston bar association remove the convention they plan annually from Arizona because of the bullshitty bill they came up. Not to mention you had almost 100 businesses speaking out about this because if there’s anybody that knows the economy better then the so called ‘government’ its the people themselves

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:18am
  226. Now Ohio waits as the same bill sits on our Governors desk…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:18am
  227. It took the dumb ass long enough to be STARTIN-SUM-SH*T.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:18am
  228. Marcella Avila, she did it for HER own good!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:18am
  229. From a Canadian on the outside looking in…..cannot believe this was even presented as a bill. Congratulations to the LGBT community……

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:20am
  230. You had me at veto

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:20am
  231. Amen! Although she shouldn’t have gone there in the first place, at least she turned it around for the better

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:21am
  232. Did u all hear the joke Jimmy Fallon told? Nice shirt, nice shoes, No Service!! LOL

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:21am
  233. OK, people. It’s on to Mississippi for the next battle. Let’s ride the tide there.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:21am
  234. Miles of pations need to more investigate abaut. its urgent – http://www.rethinkingaids.com

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:21am
  235. Woo hoo

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:21am
  236. Vieja puta ya saquenla de alli

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:21am
  237. What an idiot!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:22am
  238. DUH.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:22am
  239. Yes! Thank you, Gov Brewer

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:22am
  240. Thank god someone has some brains!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:23am
  241. Bitch better veto!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:23am
  242. Our state legislature is the only legislature in the U.S. that could possibly make her look like a hero!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:23am
  243. She had no choice…it wasn’t out of the kindness of her heart for sure

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:23am
  244. oh, HELL to the YES!! Thank you, Governor Brewer! Faux News is already sharpening its knives to carve you up!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:23am
  245. i’m not impressed. she’s a bitch

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:24am
  246. And the almighty dollar. God!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:24am
  247. Thank you! You did the right thing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:24am
  248. Jan Brewers personal moral opinion on the bill doesnt matter. She did exactly what she was meant to do which was listen to the people she represents in government and act on their voice and their desires

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:24am
  249. a “no-brainer”

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:25am
  250. It’s so weird, but I was watching Dog the Bounty Hunter for a couple of minutes this a.m. when he was taking a lesbian female to jail. He said, “doesn’t matter [about being lesbian]. God only looks at the heart and you got a good heart…..God loves you.”. God, Jesus, in purest love never excludes…be true in your heart…look, I’m not a fan of Dog but he was right about this. Love is inclusive, not restrictive or exclusive.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:26am
  251. knowing where he came from, i have to respect him. so long as you treat him with respect, he'll do the same with you. it's because he's been in that boat. lived the life of a criminal and learned his lesson. now tries to show a bit of compassion and empathy for others who have lost their way.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:59am
  252. Weston James, I get what you're saying. He can so be admired for his path and his empathy and compassion. Well said.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:26am
  253. Congratulations Governor… very wise and entirely appropriate decision. Really… was there ever any real question?!?!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:26am
  254. The real questions still remain unanswered. She sis not mention the LGBT folks who worked so hard to veto this bill. What she did mention was how bad this bill would be for business in Arizona. That's it.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:20am
  255. People in office have to be rotate like the tires on a car

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:27am
  256. Holy shit! Sorry for the profanity but did we just step back to 1960? What the hell is wrong with people? And to try that hateful crap in God’s name? Shame!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:28am
  257. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:28am
  258. YAY <3

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:28am
  259. She had no option, everyone was turning against her :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:30am
  260. Thank god she did this now vote these morons out of office

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:30am
  261. She did the right thing, thank you

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:31am
  262. @Randy-money runs politics and especially the Republican Party. This sort of thing will be squashed every time. The social conservanuts can run around squawking for a few days then their owners will quietly shut down the party.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:31am
  263. Manny true but you keep the tires on the car lets rotate and burn them

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:31am
  264. OMG I never thought that B was going to do that !!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:31am
  265. She knew better!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:31am
  266. So ugly woman ….

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:31am
  267. She only vetoed because her wallet was hurting. She’s still nasty Republican slime.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:32am
  268. Wow , really sad

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:32am
  269. Took u long enough!!! Enough is enough!!! All men are created equal

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:32am
  270. Hurray!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:33am
  271. Mary Page Taylor, I agree with you 100% and then the USA punish some other countries for human right violations. What is going on with America with so much hate !

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:33am
  272. All of this is just a GOP game. I hope people will remember this in November.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:34am
  273. Its good to know that there is still common decency and justice in people. Governor Brewer is one of them.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:34am
  274. Bitch better

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:34am
  275. I knew she would veto! It would cost her state dearly.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:35am
  276. Good for you Arizona!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:36am
  277. Amber Jane Ruff Wanda Ashford Longshore Lionel Ruff Good!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:36am
  278. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:37am
  279. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:39am
  280. Good.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:40am
  281. Good..yet it DID take her 3-Days…just sayin’…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:41am
  282. And right before everyone wrote off the state as a hopeless wasteland of bigots, the miracle happens!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:41am
  283. Under current Arizona law, if a business wanted to discriminate against gays, they would not need this bill to be passed to do so. It is not currently illegal for a business to deny service to someone because they are gay. Some cities in Arizona have ordinances against it but there is no state law against it. If business owners in Arizona wanted to deny service to gays, they could do so in most of the state under current law. So, Jan Brewer is right, this bill is redundant!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:41am
  284. Although I am happy in the end her delay was grandstanding and Politically “Look AT Me” It should have been instantaneous.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:42am
  285. She did the right thing..

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:42am
  286. Smart move, Governor!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:42am
  287. Thank god Arizona got their shit together

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:42am
  288. Damage is done. Arizona is full of bigots, your true colors have been exposed. Tje LGBTQ community will never forget this.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:43am
  289. we can comment on the craziness or the lack of sincerity on the part of the gov but she did it

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:44am
  290. Nice..awesome Arizona

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:44am
  291. Im Gay but Im also A Christain. Those ppl doing this in the name of Faith. BS. Just Hateful.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:44am
  292. Im a believer too and I anyone who uses the bible as a weapon against anyone is completely misunderstanding what Christ taught us. Love him, love each other and let he who is without sin cast the first stone.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:03am
  293. Whatever the reason it’s still a veto for an ignorant bill

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:45am
  294. Good girl.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:45am
  295. She still disgusts me. This shouldn’t have been a hard decision or garnished so many views and time of people. She should have said she will veto it 100% no matter what and this wouldn’t be annoying

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:46am
  296. Thank you for helping yourselves evole!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:48am
  297. a step in the right direction!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:49am
  298. “She did what was right but she didn’t do it ‘fast enough’ so she’s still shit”- everyone complaining still.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:49am
  299. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaay

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:50am
  300. Of course. Shes still a cunt

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:50am
  301. It still took too damned long!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:50am
  302. Dove Satterfield just because this came up in your discussion

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:51am
  303. As an LGBT community member I must allow others the room to process and grow. Just as coming to terms with my sexuality was a process for me so it is with others. For some it is harder than others but most will come around
    And for those that don’t,
    They will die off

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:51am
  304. Still no fan of AZ

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:52am
  305. What the hell kind of shyt is this.. Really Really! What the hell is a practicing GAY.. Seriously… Is it is okay to be a cheating spouse! Check out on your family, your husband, wife, and kids.. Cheat on them and it’s okay,, but love the person of the same sex and it’s a crime and you are deviant, a devil, a sinner! What the hell

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:53am
  306. Yeah, I'm not sure what a "not practicing gay" would be... that's like being a "not practicing black woman" or a "not practicing caucasian"... you can't just get rid of what you're born as.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:02am
  307. Hate based state

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:53am
  308. Look closely I see Sarah palin

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:56am
  309. God how I wish she wouldn’t have vetoed it so that something could’ve been done with her and all the stupid laws she’s passed

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:56am
  310. Yeah. Duh.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:59am
  311. Bigots will sacrifice business, and tax dollars, but Super Bowls will always make them cooperate…lesson learned, bigots be talking ish, black them out from the NFL..lol

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:59am
  312. Hmmmm.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:00am
  313. great job Governor!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:01am
  314. I knew it. I wish she were Ca.’s governor. Go Ms. Brewer

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:01am
  315. The Scottsdale prune knows that while her backers are the right wing minority who would push her to pass the bill and not so deep down inside she would love to do just that if only for the shock value that it creates, the majority of decent human beings would see that her political career is ended. You will see that everyone that pushed to pass the bill will fade into the sunset while she rides the glory cart because she “did the right thing’.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:02am
  316. Of course she did. That would have been a career ender otherwise

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:02am
  317. Bitch

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:03am
  318. She anti gay. She is a bitch

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:04am
  319. She Knew If She didn’t She wouldn’t The Vote….

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:07am
  320. NO CHURCH AND STATE…..

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:07am
  321. Only means it’s not law, doesn’t mean business owners won’t try to discriminate as someone got this bill together and they are still there.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:11am
  322. WOOHOO!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:11am
  323. We are WINNING!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:11am
  324. A politician with good sense! Who knew???

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:12am
  325. She had no choice. The state would have lost lots of money. That is all!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:12am
  326. I know the law was outrageous but now AZ returns to no rights for gay folks. It was always legal to discriminate against gay people in AZ. they have no protection clause. This law could have been a way to fight back. The good news is Texas went down. Things are looking up for sure.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:13am
  327. Thank you Gov. Brewer for doing the right thing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:13am
  328. Lol

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:14am
  329. Thank God! For God loves all of us

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:14am
  330. Gerard Veldhoven and Sophie Mashburn and whoever else is just wanting to kiss Brewer’s ass: The reason for Brewer’s veto was made clear by her. She said that it was bad for business in Arizona. She said she gave her state legislature directions last fiscal year to find ways of bringing more business into the state and this was not one of them. This is not about whether the governor is a Democrat or a Republican, although I can pretty much assure you that in a Democrat-led state legislature, this would not have even seen the light of day, much less have been a national bone of contention. You are welcome to send Brewer flowers and chocolates. Those of us who are politically savvy and have witnessed acts like this before know that this is not totally over for your state. The NFL has not abandoned its efforts in seeking out alternate sites for the 2015 Super Bowl. If you think that big businesses with national holdings, whose employees enjoy full benefits and NO discrimination related to their gender or sexuality, are going to consider Arizona as a potential business site, you both are sadly mistaken. What Brewer didn’t say today spoke volumes to those who listened: LGBT people in Arizona dodged a bullet this time. Next time they may not be so lucky. Why take a vacation there? Why spend LGBT queer vacation dollars there? If the LGBT folks themselves are not really wanted there, why would LGBT visitors be welcomed there? Brewer had a chance to make Arizona shine today. All she did was expose the soft white underbelly of what is really wrong with her state.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:15am
  331. I've worked in a legislature and I am a law student...so I know a fucking thing or two about what is going on (in response to your "those of us who are politically savvy"-don't assume that those who don't fucking immediately share your views aren't). I'm not handwriting the lady a thank you note (or kissing her ass as you so delicately put it)-I'm just acknowledging she made the right decision this time around. That's called being reasonable. You are picking the wrong people to start a fight with-the people who are complaining about her decision are the ones who need a lesson in progress. The ones backing the only compassionate option there was here aren't the ones to argue with or throw your self-righteous I-know-everything attitude at. Additionally, I live in Missouri and attend Mizzou, so I'm not really a stranger to these issues. With Michael Sam coming out and this morning's MO version of this ridiculous legislation introducing itself in the senate, I'm familiar with what's been going on.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:41am
  332. Thank u Savannah, I love you

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:16am
  333. Finally! What was the delay over?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:17am
  334. Now Arizonians need to get rid of those idiots who voted in favor of this outrageous bill to begin with!!! Clean up your legislature, folks!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:17am
  335. She is awesome!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:17am
  336. Really should have been NO! the minute it was presented. Whether by action, or if out of town, a press conference. It really was important.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:18am
  337. :-)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:20am
  338. She got back at what time Monday????? So she worked all day, flew home, got into AZ at 8pm, made it home by probably 10? Right, you all want her to work 24 hours around the clock for your sake, but give her no credit because by law she’s required to read the bill and can take up to 90 hours to make a decision, she took 24! She could have waited til Saturday! By the way, where is all the concern by democrats over CO and Jessica’s Law? Convicted child molesters getting probation! That’s right, it’s all about you and only you!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:21am
  339. Well now Im never going to Arizona.Bunch of damn idiots!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:22am
  340. Dont get me wrong but… I wish she was doing this because she seen how wrong it is to dehumanize us. No its for money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:23am
  341. Heather Henderson is a Republican Witch Too!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:25am
  342. I only wish Brewer had vetoed for human rights and not for business! (But we will take what we can get!)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:25am
  343. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:26am
  344. @Robert, I am Republican, however, I support what she did. With you people there’s no winning either way…it’s all about you!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:26am
  345. We LGBTQ paid her off with laundered Meth money like we’ve done with everyone else.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:28am
  346. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:29am
  347. She looks so happy signing it, too. Pig.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:29am
  348. Yes!Yes!Yes!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:30am
  349. Who cares what she believes? Is it wrong if it’s different then what you believe? So much for tolerance. She did the right thing. That’s what matters. I am so sick of both sides condemning the other for not being able to see eye to eye. I personally do not believe people are born gay. That said, I couldn’t care less if they want to marry or anything else; nor would I ever criticize someone else’s beliefs or lifestyle.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:31am
  350. It’s about time.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:32am
  351. Thank you Governor Jan Brewer for vetoing that license to discriminate bill. :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:33am
  352. I have a new respect for governor Jan Brewer of Arizona after listening to her speech.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:34am
  353. It’s about time you did something good!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:40am
  354. As a gay man I am very pleased that you vetoed it thank you for your love and support

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:40am
  355. Now, they will get the Pro Bowl in 2015! Just watch! It’s a money issue! If that is what it takes, Indiana needs the Pro Bowl in 2016! OH, Yeah!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:41am
  356. Way to go Jan and Thank You!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:43am
  357. I got a ? How in the world does a person refuse service to a gay person? Is there a questioner before ur seated? Yup as stupid as that sounds is as stupid as the law they tried to pass. #TBH.. it’s a fair ? I think.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:44am