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Ariz. governor holds private meetings over anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Update: 5:50 p.m. MST

Arizona governor Jan Brewer has vetoed Senate Bill 1062. Story here


Updated: 4:00 p.m. MST

PHOENIX — Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer held a series of private meetings Wednesday with opponents and proponents of legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, a proposal that has focused national attention on the state as business groups, gay rights supporters and even many fellow Republicans urged her to use her veto power.

APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

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Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Among those meeting with the governor was the bill’s primary sponsor, Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, who it was essentially his chance to give a closing argument. He defended the proposal and said his efforts were intended to extend the reach of the state’s religious freedom law to businesses and corporations and allow those sued for discrimination to cite the law even when the government isn’t a party. He said a veto would be disappointing.

“It’s quality legislation, and there’s no good reason at all as far of the merit of this bill to not sign it,” Yarbrough said. “This bill does simply, basically, three things … and that all it does. And it doesn’t have anything to do with creating opportunities for discrimination that in any fashion is greater than what exists in the law currently. ”

The governor faces a Saturday deadline to either sign Senate Bill 1062 or use her veto stamp. In a tweet from her official twitter account late Tuesday, the governor said: “I assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the State of Arizona.”

Brewer has been under increasing pressure to veto the proposal passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature. The proposal passed with support from all but three House Republicans and all 17 GOP state senators.

Three of those senators, however, reversed course Monday and called for the governor to veto the Senate Bill 1062 and were among opposition Republican lawmakers meeting with her Wednesday.

“Our position is clear – we think it is a mistake for Arizona to have this controversy, and we would like her to veto the bill,” said Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa. “It’s very frustrating to her to see what the state’s going through. It’s very painful. We’ve worked hard for five years to improve this state and get it past …being on the front page of the paper. And this is very frustrating. This wasn’t expected, and there’s just a lot of damage being done that’s unnecessary.”

Worsley said he believes Brewer will veto the bill, although she made no commitments.

Democrats said they warned Republicans who voted for the bill that it was destined for trouble.

“We said this is exactly what is going to happen,” said Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix. “You have a bill here that’s so toxic it’s going to divide this Legislature. It’s going to be polarizing the entire state. And that’s exactly what happened.”

The bill allows any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any action brought by the government or individual claiming discrimination. Supporters call the bill a slight tweak to the state’s existing religious freedom law, which does not extend protections to people based on sexual orientation.

Lawyers from across the political spectrum say much of the opponents’ arguments that the bill opens the door to discrimination are overblown, but that has not eased the pressure on Brewer to act decisively.

The bill was pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy, a social conservative group that opposes abortion and gay marriage. The group says the proposal simply clarifies existing state law and is needed to protect against increasingly activist federal courts.

“What’s happened is our opponents have employed a new political tactic, and it’s working,” said Cathi Herrod, the group’s president. “Throw out the threat of a boycott to attempt to defeat a bill, and you might just be able to be successful.”

Similar religious-protection legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, yet Arizona’s plan is the only one that has passed. But on Wednesday, lawmakers in Ohio withdrew legislation that mirrors the Arizona bill. The efforts are stalled in Idaho and Kansas.

With the business community lining up against the proposal, Brewer could be hard-pressed to sign 1062. She has worked hard to return Arizona’s economy to pre-recession levels with business-friendly incentives and tax cuts.

Meanwhile, the bill has brought increasing talk of economic damage to the state. On Wednesday, the Hispanic National Bar Association said it was cancelling its 2015 convention in Phoenix because of the proposal, becoming one of the first groups to pull an event from that state.

President Miguel Alexander Pozo said the group’s board of governors voted unanimously to withdraw, saying “it is imperative that we speak up and take immediate action in the presence of injustice.” Last year, the Hispanic National Bar Association’s convention drew about 2,000 people to Denver.

Among the businesses urging a veto are Apple Inc., which is opening a manufacturing plant in Mesa, American Airlines, Marriott and GoDaddy. Arizona U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake and former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney are also calling for a veto.

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  1. Frankly, it’s insulting that this is being taken the least bit seriously. It’s segregation, plain and simple, and can’t be allowed.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:41pm
  2. Right. Segregation and legalized discrimination.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:45pm
  3. What century are we in? Pathetic!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:42pm
  4. Narrow minded bigots..

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:42pm
  5. Such a WASTE OF TIME and RESOURCES !! This bill does NOTHING to help the health and well being of the human race move forward so we ALL can flourish !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:42pm
  6. I just hope she does the right thing.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:43pm
  7. Considering that the federal government will come in and fix it for her if she doesn't, she might take the higher road here.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:49pm
  8. Pardon my language.. F,,k the private meetings Jan. Do what’s right and veto the bill…Quit pandering for the limelight.. Everyone already knows that you are an idiot, no need to prove it again….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:43pm
  9. Exactly! The private meetings are bullshit!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:19pm
  10. I'm with u on that

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:38pm
  11. Let me guess, some pastors will be there from area AZ churches. How much will their taxes be when this is all over?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:43pm
  12. She is a joke! Really? Can she not see that the bill is about? Let’s hold meetings so we can talk about the level of discrimination that is allowable without the country hating us…sadly, they hate AZ for even proposing this…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:44pm
  13. Why should there be any discussion on it at all just wrong

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:45pm
  14. Fuck AZ. Lol. Fuck private meetings. And fuck who ever tries to pass this. Rant over.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:46pm
  15. It is an insult. The woman should know what to do without thinking. I can barely believe this is happening!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:46pm
  16. This drama queen needs to veto this shit pronto, the longer she holds out the worse she looks, which is all she cares about anyway.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:46pm
  17. This is profiling! How can you tell who is gay and who isn’t?? Not all women with short hair wearing jeans are lesbians and not all metro sexual men are gay!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:46pm
  18. I heard this is mainly to allow restaurants the right to turn away gays, why would someone turn away a customer especially since being gay has nothing to do with wanting to eat

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:47pm
  19. That's exactly what I thought. If they don't want to serve gays, whether they're restaurateurs, hoteliers, or whatever--what the hell are they doing in a SERVICE industry?? Sell up immediately and go be a forestry officer somewhere.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:57pm
  20. What the fuck is her problem. What a douche bag!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:47pm
  21. What is there to meet about lady, I mean really any decent human being would veto this bill flat out, and say don’t send no more b/s like that to my desk!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:47pm
  22. Well, if she signs this bill, I won’t be going to Arizona! She doesn’t need my money…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:50pm
  23. WTF is there to fekkin discuss?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:50pm
  24. That Decision should not be complicated …

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:50pm
  25. I just held a meeting with my wallet…sorry, Arizona. ..it didn’t go your way!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:50pm
  26. I’ve been to Arizona many many times, the grand canon is great, and Flagstaff is a such nice city to visit. I will never spend my vacation dollars there again weather or not she vetoes the bill. The damage is already done and the hurt can not be undone. I regret ever stepping foot in that state.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:51pm
  27. I used to love AZ. Now I think they’re a bunch of ridiculous idiots ! She REALLY has to think about a veto. Stupid!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:52pm
  28. Religion should never NEVER!!! be allowed to influence LAW ever again. Remember history people, “learn form it or be doomed to repeat it”. The last time religion influenced law we had the Spanish inquisitions, The Salem Witch Hunts…..and so on.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:52pm
  29. And if they want to be involved, they should pay taxes just like the rest of us!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:12pm
  30. Absolutely! It ends up with really, really bad results. And yeah...tax those bastards.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:55pm
  31. The fact that she is even for ONE SECOND thinking of NOT VETOING this is what should be the most disturbing.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:53pm
  32. VETO! What are there to consider?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:55pm
  33. Private Meetings? You cant figure this Out by Now!!!!!! She is just bringing more Negativity to her State?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:55pm
  34. Why does religion have such a voice when churches are not taxed? Let businesses who gladly serve the lgbt community advertise as such and make it an automatic felony to those who threaten or damage those businesses.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:55pm
  35. She’s just enjoying all the attention she is getting. She will wait til the last minute to veto it.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:56pm
  36. Why the hell can’t she decide? Or is her secret girlfriend out of town, and she’s waiting for her to come back to have a chat?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:56pm
  37. She looks evil

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:57pm
  38. weak willed, immoral human, you are proof that there is no god.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:58pm
  39. Why is she holding private fucking meetings? Just refuse the bill, don’t sign it. What THE FUCK is so hard about that?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:58pm
  40. Private? Wow way to be transparent in government.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:59pm
  41. This is a no brainer. Oh, wait. So is she.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 4:59pm
  42. Are you so desperate that you NEED this 15 minutes of fame? If you really need to think about this bill, there is something wrong with you. Just pick up the paper, see the moral and well for you, the economic impact as well as the fact that your career in politics is over anyway and just VETO this bill. The entire world is pointing and laughing at you and your state. It is not fair to the citizens of AZ who are intelligent beings and know this is nothing more than a bigoted, Christian Right attempt at pushing your uneducated homophobia into the limelight.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:01pm
  43. The bill is not anti gay, its pro religion. I’m not for the bill, but it says that its is protecting religious rights of stores and their owners to be able to refuse service to anyone who they feel uncomfortable working with. I am Wiccan and as one, I know a lot of Christians dislike me and they are uncomfortable. So, wearing my pentacle, they could refuse service and be protected as long as they can demonstrate that they are and have in fact been basing their company on their religious values and are not just targeting one specific person. Does it affect LGBT couples? Absolutely! But, was it targeted specifically toward them? No. It can go against anyone really.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:01pm
  44. She is an embarrassment

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:01pm
  45. What kills me is how would a business owner be able to determine if someone is gay or not to even be able to refuse business to said gay persons? It’s not like anyone has a sexual orientation membership card. Seriously Gov. Jane this is really stupid!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:01pm
  46. She should not need a meeting !!! This is ridiculous !!! She knows the direction she needs to go . . . . quit playing the dumb card and VETO this hateful mess !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:01pm
  47. hope she does…or wow, the fall-out will be something to see

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:02pm
  48. What? This is a no-brainer! Veto the bill!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:02pm
  49. Why

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:03pm
  50. Chalet pro religion ????? I spoke to God this morning and he told me he loved me just as he created me

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:03pm
  51. Wonder what she’s really up to. “Private” meetings on something that is a no-brainer. Veto!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:03pm
  52. i wonder what shes up to as well...

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:54pm
  53. Gefällt mir nicht

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:03pm
  54. Why is she milking this for all it is worth? Veto this bill and move on Governor!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:04pm
  55. I think you’re holding private meetings so you can figure out the best way to straddle the fence.. This bill condones segregation in its purest form.. hate.. and don’t forget you were elected by the people.. all of us.. not just straight, LGBT, blond, brunette, tall, short, and on and on ad nauseum. just do what’s RIGHT!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:05pm
  56. Seriously, what does she need to discuss?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:06pm
  57. Dumb bitch needs a meeting?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:06pm
  58. No private meeting we demand transparency. We need to know who thinks what, how and why.This is a public issue and the Public needs to know.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:06pm
  59. Lora Hall, I’ve been asking the same thing

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:07pm
  60. If she’s planning to Veto this bill ….what the hell is she waiting for ?!?!?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:07pm
  61. she’s a media whore

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:07pm
  62. don’t become a terriost state

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:10pm
  63. Private meeting with who? This is stupid

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:11pm
  64. And what nonsense are they going to come up with… wtf is this about secret meetings….

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:11pm
  65. Immorality and discrimination is on these people’s mind, all the time.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:12pm
  66. Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:14pm
  67. What meetings are necessary, you ignorant cunt? You are promoting inequality. Mark my words, I will never, ever step foot in, nor spend a dime of my money in the state of Arizona….and every job that is lost…every convention that is moved…every business that closes…well, they can thank you, Ms. Brewer.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:14pm
  68. This is fucking ridiculous.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:15pm
  69. Chalet Taylor. I get ur point,however, it is not protecting ur religious beliefs, that is just a cover up. It is stupid. Itis biased. And it is immoral.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:16pm
  70. that the stupid cow hasn’t made her stance public does not bode well for the outcome or the state. BOYCOTT everything from there and don’t visit. bite em in the wallet and they’ll change their tune!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:16pm
  71. My God. Why is this even being considered??? She should have vetoed this nonsense as soon as it hit her desk.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:17pm
  72. Some here are planning on moving out of the state if she signs. I know after 36 years, I’m fed up with our state’s politics. The list is long and that includes LGBT

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:18pm
  73. She sucks!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:18pm
  74. What is there to think about ? HATE is HATE !!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:22pm
  75. I keep wondering whether those who introduced the legislation took into account that it could be potentially used to discriminate against _them_.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:22pm
  76. I almost want her to sign the bill so it goes to court so they overturn the bill and then the FIVE OTHER STATES trying to pass a similar bill will realize these are UNCONSTITUTIONAL and drop the bills. Stop waisting our tax dollars and spend it on things that actually matter.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:24pm
  77. Stupid bitch…just fukin veto the damn thing…..oh wait yea, spend those govt $$$$ on useless meetings!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:24pm
  78. Read the Separation of church & state & Constitution. Veto the bigotry & pray your body guard can protect you. This meeting is to figure out how you can segregate people & use religion to cause gays from living their lives in fear.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:25pm
  79. I’ll bet she’s going to veto the law

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:26pm
  80. Jan be careful stop the hate

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:26pm
  81. mean bitch

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:26pm
  82. She is one CRAZY bitch!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:27pm
  83. How many more days she got

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:27pm
  84. What a sociopath she is.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:28pm
  85. Had it not been for the media shining light on all of this, She would have already signed the bill. The roaches only come out at night!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:29pm
  86. Hidden meetings mean hidden agendas. Damn politicians…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:34pm
  87. Brewer is turning into a media whore…go ahead and sign it you bitch…we dare ya! ALL holy hell will break loose….it will make the Arab Spring look like a walk in the park.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:35pm
  88. Every time I see or hear about this person.I hear that crazy music from “The Wizard of Oz”.When the witch is flying on her broom! Ah ha ha ha ye he he I’ll get you & your little dog too my pretty!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:36pm
  89. Hopefully to say Are you f-ing kidding me?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:42pm
  90. Why do you need to hold any meetings? It’s clearly wrong! Just veto it!!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:43pm
  91. Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:45pm
  92. Do something good for once, Jan…you’ve spent too much time in the limelight acting like a fucking maniac.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:45pm
  93. Get on with it fuck the politics and limelight veto the bill you stupid cow stole that one from tim above l

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:49pm
  94. Toxic law and she needs to ponder, such a sad thing happening. Who thought in 2014 this still needs to be going on. We are all Americans who pay our taxes and should have our HUMAN RIGHTS. Hope the HATE gets a veto.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:51pm
  95. It seems to me that by passing this you would be allowing the segregation of LGBTQ individuals in the same way Blacks and Whites were once segregated. It is unjust and wrong to think that your religious beliefs will somehow be harmed by serving food to someone who has a different lifestyle and belief than yours. If this is past what happens when someone wants to stop serving people who are of a different religion than they are. Sometimes I wonder if people actually think about the past mistakes that have been made and then overcome before they try to put things in place that would cause the same type of reaction. We are people just like you are and we have the right just as you to be who we are, believe in what we believe in and not be persecuted for it.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:53pm
  96. Wtf is she waiting for the longer this takes the more damage it does to AZ economy. I’d say reputation but that’s already shot. She should Veto it now

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:56pm
  97. Bitch

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 5:58pm
  98. And why does a public state governor need a private meeting? What is she hiding?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:00pm
  99. It’s a two page BILL, she could have read it at the airport. This is all about money. What ever way she goes the damage is done.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:03pm
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    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
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    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
  102. To support the movement and continue our strong fight to stand up for our rights anyone is welcomed to join our page!!!: Stop Ugandas Anti- Gay hate Bill this is also for worldwide LGBT also! (I started it with Uganda due to the horrific anti-gay bill they passed but as it progresses my page will be fighting for LGBT WorldWide because we ALL deserve our rights and freedom to love and marry no matter who we are or where we are from!!! Once again for support please follow our page!!! Thank you all have a Blessed day! (:

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
  103. To support the movement and continue our strong fight to stand up for our rights anyone is welcomed to join our page!!!: Stop Ugandas Anti- Gay hate Bill this is also for worldwide LGBT also! (I started it with Uganda due to the horrific anti-gay bill they passed but as it progresses my page will be fighting for LGBT WorldWide because we ALL deserve our rights and freedom to love and marry no matter who we are or where we are from!!! Once again for support please follow our page!!! Thank you all have a Blessed day! (:

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
  104. I know we’re not supposed to support or suggest violence but in this case I don’t care. If she signs the bill a nice big riot and some building burning will express how people feel about it.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:04pm
  105. She would have to be pretty fucking stupid to sign this bill into law or if she really wants to fuck over her own state by losing millions..so let’s hope she has some brains and morality

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:05pm
  106. The fact that she doesn’t downright veto it right now is absolutely appalling.

    Shame on you, Jan Brewer. If you don’t veto this legislation, you will be the laughing-stock and one of the most embarrassing blemishes of America.

    #fuckjimcrowlaws

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:05pm
  107. This is far from over. She will nix, they will think it’s over, LGBT community and many others have such a bad taste in theirs mouth they/we avoid it boycott AZ anyway and WE get blamed.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:06pm
  108. Why is she even holding a meeting!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:06pm
  109. What does she need to hold private meetings about…. She’s a horrible governor

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:06pm
  110. She already is. She should never have allowed it to come to a vote in the first place.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:07pm
  111. Why does this woman need “private meetings” to make up her mind on a bill the greater majority of this country already views as unconstitutional? What else is there to consider? Just veto the damn thing!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:07pm
  112. She’s trying to determine if she will survive if she signs. If there is justice she will not sign and her career be over.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:11pm
  113. At one time in the united states religious parties fought that dark skinned people were nothing but slaves and one day the government woke up and realized that we are all human despite our skin and that segregation of dark skin was unjust. Not to long later the religious community also fought that woman had no place in making decisions or to be in roles that were considered to be the mans role. Like carrying a job and so forth and finally not that long ago were woman deemed to be just as human as a man and all laws were set to stop the discrimination of woman. Also at one time our country fought against the religious community that each individual is aloud their own religious beliefs. How is it that in the year 2014 we can find yet another community of people to segregate have we learned nothing from our ancestors. Can this country handle the fight once again to see that we are all human and what a humans belief is, is their own and should not be segregated for it. We in the country of the free have all agreed that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers with at least 15 employees, as well as employment agencies and unions, from discriminating in employment based on race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. It also prohibits retaliation against persons who complain of discrimination or participate in an EEO investigation. It is the belief individuals that same sex partnership is a way of life in which would make this lifestyle one under the origin of religious beliefs. Therefore, passing a law to go against a law we have nation wide already in practice. Thus for making this an act of cruel and unjust punishment toward a specific group of individuals. Same sex families deserve the same rights that we give to our brothers and sisters no matter what shade of brown we hold, what gender we have, or weather we are catholic, Muslim, or any other religion. The LGBT community is still human and lives under the belief that God still loves them as human. How can the country of the free say that we do not discriminate against religious beliefs if we segregate a community do to their beliefs. As an individual I stand high and proud to protect and stand up for my country the home of the brave and the land of the free. How can we expect the world to see us a role model country and send our brave to defend each nations right when at home we are being hypocritical. We expect the entire world to allow their people to live freely but we as a country segregate certain parties to different laws is this what we call freedom… If so we are no better than those that rule their nation and should no longer be called the land of the free but more the land of the free as long as you agree with what we say.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:16pm
  114. She’s milking it. Dumb twat!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:20pm
  115. “private meetings” which means shes gonna help fix it and work to sign it. Fuck this ho.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:22pm
  116. She has to think about it. Despicable.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:23pm
  117. nasty bitch

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:31pm
  118. VETO THE BILL BITCH !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:32pm
  119. Remember this woman thought it was ok to stick her bony finger in the presidents face!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:34pm
  120. Private meetings…you either agree or not…make a decision dumbass…but be careful, you’ll feel it if you make the wrong one.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:37pm
  121. I cant stand her…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:39pm
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    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:40pm
  123. Private meetings? We gays should demand transparency ! Let’s protest like the people in Ukraine ! This NAZI gay apartheid discriminatory dehumanizing law is evil and undemocratic to treat gays differently some of gays are black Latino like myself how dare you treat me after I fought for this nation in Vietnam like a second class when I was born here in America! I pay taxes to your homophobic government!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:42pm
  124. Attention monger.
    Veto the bill or prepare for riots.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:50pm
  125. She is milking the celebrity of this.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:52pm
  126. She’s the one who said ” how would i know that gays go out and spend money like regular people?? ” like we are of a different species and she can’t possibly imagine we are all equal! She’s a bitch!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:55pm
  127. This woman LOVES the attention she is getting over this. Just VETO it !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 6:55pm
  128. Perhaps she is having the two pages read to her. She is not the brightest bulb you know.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:02pm
  129. “oh no our bill for discrimination is in danger we need to do something about it” heres an idea SIT ON YOUR ASS AND WATCH YOUR STORIES

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:15pm
  130. Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly
    while bad people will find a way around the laws.
    ··· Plato

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:18pm
  131. Politics is too partisan, and sometimes patriotism is cast aside. Patriotism is honor and love of your country and your brothers and sisters. With politics I get the impression that it’s all about what’s good for the party and not necessarily what’s good for the country.
    ··· Ricardo Montalban

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:19pm
  132. Just veto the bill bitch and stop delaying the subject….another drama queen!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:19pm
  133. Someone needs to do something, its called common sense and having a conscience.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:20pm
  134. What a face……mouth to match

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:21pm
  135. So does that mean no gay waiters?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:27pm
  136. She seems about ready to be eaten by a pack of vultures.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:27pm
  137. Depends on whether you are ready to retire Ms. Brewer. Wasn’t that long ago a woman would not have been in your office and not long before that you would not have been able to vote. Do you want to help pave the way back to that place?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:28pm
  138. What does she need private meetings for? Just veto the damm thing!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:31pm
  139. just veto the goddamn bill already !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:33pm
  140. Anyway they spin it, it still is segregation and discrimination. How is that the word of God?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:35pm
  141. Davi, she didn’t really say that. The New Yorker article was satire. With that being said, I don’t understand why meetings are necessary. Just veto the damn unconstitutional b.s. already!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:36pm
  142. I think she should have the news people there.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:41pm
  143. Why do the proponents need any private meetings? After all, God approves of what they’re doing – it should automatically pass. ;)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:43pm
  144. Why private meetings? You have something to say that could cost you your entire political future?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:47pm
  145. NO surprise here in Phoenix , this is her last term but she will milk this to the end. Brewer is a grade A bigot herself!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:59pm
  146. Leatherface sure is milking this. Thw bill is two pages long….Really? Attention whore.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:59pm
  147. After everything that’s gone on that was so very Public? Why Private meetings now Governor Brewer?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:15pm
  148. Hillarious or ironic? Marriott wants her to veto? Marriott is owned by Mormons, not exactly an LGBT friendly group.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:20pm
  149. Seriously?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:24pm
  150. What is there to think about? Veto it, bitch!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:25pm
  151. Talk it out baby and tell the truth is is bullshit legislation thank you

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:28pm
  152. Fuck that it should be public

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:30pm
  153. Stupid Biotch

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:34pm
  154. Just proves that she is a very poor excuse for a human being. Anyone with a brain knows this needs to be vetoed.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:38pm
  155. Truthfully I don’t care what she decides. Arizona will never get another dollar from me.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:41pm
  156. Even a grade-preschooler could tell you that this is far from normal. There is nothing to meet about….Veto the bill or get out of politics.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:42pm
  157. Damn Jan grow a set and Veto the goddamn bill!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:48pm
  158. Can we hold private meetings about her continued employment ?

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:05pm
  159. I wonder what she is gonna say?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:03am
  160. I standing by with baited breath..

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:12am
  161. I wonder if she will VETO the hatred bill.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:04am
  162. crap

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:04am
  163. She milked this for the spotlight. Let’s hope she does the right thing.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:05am
  164. Please sign trying to pass same bill in ga and pass alone

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:05am
  165. My guess is she wants to “explain why” she’s vetoing it, because the bigots will scream when she does.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:06am
  166. Let's hope so.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:10am
  167. Will it be on tv? Or just a press release?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:06am
  168. Anyone aware of a link to stream it live?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:07am
  169. What’s there to discuss ?!? Veto the damn bill !

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:08am
  170. Whatever happens she s still abitch from hell …..puta

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:11am
  171. All eyes on Skeletor!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:12am
  172. We want her to VETO it, not sign it!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:12am
  173. She is scum.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:14am
  174. The courts, and the world, will be watching…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:14am
  175. She’s making a statement so that means she isn’t going to veto it I bet.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:14am
  176. 1 veto coming up

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:15am
  177. The thing is, that she should ask herself: ” Who am I, to judge those people! In case of religion, god will do it himself!”

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:15am
  178. Hasbian.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:16am
  179. If she doesn’t veto it, AZ will lose the Superbowl (the NFL has already confirmed they have started looking at different locations), Apple will pull it’s Sapphire Glass Apple factory and more…

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:16am
  180. Think targeting and focusing boycott of the super bowl advertising will be the key. If its held in Arizona.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:16am
  181. Hoping she says that she put the VETO Stamp on the BILL!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:17am
  182. If that bill passes I worry about the other minorities blacks and Mexicans, I live here

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:21am
  183. It will be on tv

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:22am
  184. Fox10news.com. Or the fox10 news app has live streaming

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:24am
  185. ty shelby...i appreciate it

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:34am
  186. if you hate fox you can watch it here it's live from the conference room http://veetle.com/

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:37am
  187. The devil.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:25am
  188. Myfoxphoenix.com

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:27am
  189. Shelby is this going to be live?

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:29am
  190. http://veetle.com/ is live also if you hate fox this is in the press conference room live

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:36am
  191. If you live in AZ watch ch 10 they are the only one with the app and streaming that I have found :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:28am
  192. Money talks… they realized the profit loss of there ingenious plan…..::eyeroll::

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:30am
  193. really who the FCK cares–Arizona needs to get rid of her–

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:30am
  194. Where can I watch it live?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:31am
  195. She’s going to veto it, she tweeted out last night, she will do the RIGHT thing

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:31am
  196. what she tweeted was, "I assure you, I will do the right thing for Arizona." I hope that means she will veto it, but the people who support the bill think they are doing the "right" thing.

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:02am
  197. Sign it! Watch your state’s economy collapse in real time. See the mass exodus of those “job creators” you’ve been kissing up to for years. And watch Arizona as turns blue in 2014 … and stays that way. These bigoted Republican assholes need a front row seat to the consequences of their actions.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:31am
  198. I’m waiting……you know what to do.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:31am
  199. Live streaming on myfoxphoenix.com

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:33am
  200. So if she vetoes this, she’s still going to be the scum of the earth?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:37am
  201. All high and mighty she is hateful and has become famous by oppressing others

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:40am
  202. Shelby, which category is it? Breaking news, top headlines, what?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:41am
  203. Really? A televised statement? Big ego Jan!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:41am
  204. As a gay person I still wouldn’t let the sun set on me in Arizona just for them considering this backwoods law!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:41am
  205. Watch straight from the conference room here http://veetle.com/

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:41am
  206. click the story in the middle Phoenix Arizona

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:42am
  207. She says “And it doesn’t have anything to do with creating opportunities for discrimination that in any fashion is greater than what exists in the law currently. ” so that it right? That makes it ok?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:43am
  208. Hopefully SOMEONE bitch – slapped some sense into this horrible cow!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:44am
  209. if she doesn't sign it can still go into law without her signature

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:46am
  210. if she vetos it

    Replied on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:46am
  211. I live in AZ & I known the populous doesn’t agree with the politicians!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:45am
  212. Let’s hope she makes the right one

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:49am
  213. She just vetoed

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:49am
  214. She is term limited. Has nothing to loose by a veto in terms of elections. If she doesn’t veto, she looses the NFL. Super Bowl. Makes bad relationship with lots of big business. And damages the renewed ecomomic growth in the state. I bet her commitment to Christian values will be trumped by big money.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:51am
  215. Yippee!!! Vetoed “Super Bitch” 1062

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:52am
  216. It was vetoed

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:53am
  217. VETOED To all of you Prejudices hypocrites all over the country I TOLD YOU OUR STATE WOULDN’T ALLOW IT WE HAVE A LARGE LGBTQ COMMUNITY HERE IN AZ

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:56am
  218. Veto !!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:59am
  219. Vetoed!!! Obviously though lol

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:10am
  220. Bitch looks like a hybrid of a PEZ dispenser and the Cryptkeeper. Is it Halloween already?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:22am
  221. Does anyone think that it would be acceptable if we passed a SB1062 style bill nationally if at the same time they legalized gay marriage at the federal level?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:43am
  222. I’d get a face lift before I’d do anymore closeup pics deary.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:03am
  223. The sad thing is she only vetoed it because of pressure that would impact the states economy and tourism not because she thought it was based on discrimination and hatred. I’m glad it got vetoed but sadly it is for the wrong reasons.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:11am
  224. She sure is wrinkled. Yuck!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 2:38am