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Reports: Arizona governor likely to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

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Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Arizona governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a controversial “religious freedom” bill that would allow business owners with to deny service to gay people, reports NBC News, citing sources close to the governor who are “familiar with her thinking.”

Among those sources is longtime Brewer political adviser Chuck Coughlin, who told NBC News: “It’s been her proclivity in the past to focus on the priorities she wants them [the legislature] to accomplish, and this was clearly not part of her agenda.”

Sources say economic pressure will largely dictate Brewer’s potential decision to veto the bill.

“She doesn’t want to take any actions that could jeopardize the economic momentum we’ve seen here in Arizona,” said a person close to the governor.

On Monday, more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona signed on to a letter calling on Brewer to veto the legislation, SB 1062.

“When the Legislature passes bills like this, it creates a reputation that Arizona is judgmental and unwelcoming. This will haunt our business community for decades to come,” the businesses said. “You have an opportunity to lead on an issue that will otherwise have a detrimental economic impact on Arizona. We strongly urge you to VETO SB 1062 today and continue your support for Arizonans, our local businesses and economy.”

Also Monday, the Super Bowl host committee said “we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state’s economic growth potential.”

Arizona is slated to host Super Bowl XLIX, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, on Feb. 1, 2015. Opponents of the bill are already calling for the committee to move the game out of Arizona if Brewer signs the legislation.

The bill was pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy, a conservative group opposed to abortion and same-sex marriage.

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  1. Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:16pm
  2. Don’t expect me to be thankful if she decides to do what she SHOULD have done immediately and without pressure.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:16pm
  3. Really? Because you aren't getting the desirable end by a desirable means? Is that what's really important here? Typical not giving someone in the GOP thanks when they try to see reason...

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:18pm
  4. Thanks for not abusing me today. Would that suit you better?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:20pm
  5. Not seeing how I'm abusing you..We actually want the same thing...so, think on that, and for God's sake get a sense of objectivity and priorities in the meantime.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:23pm
  6. IT WAS THE GOP WHO WROTE THE DAMN BILL !These are the three Republicans who sponsored Senate Bill 1062: Nancy Barto, Bob Worsley and Steve Yarborough, who authored the bill. Read more: SB 1062 author defends bill, calls reaction "disappointing" - FOX 10 News | myfoxphoenix.com http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/story/24811500/2014/02/24/sb-1062-author-defends-bill#ixzz2uMMBv6Tg Follow us: @myfoxphoenix on Twitter | myfoxphoenix on Facebook

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:24pm
  7. dear hypersensitive and defensive Sophie. Please reread what I posted. I was not talking about you. Let me make it a bit more clear for you. "Should I thank the governor and her party for not abusing me today?"

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:26pm
  8. I agree, Kyle. The fact that the governor made no statements opposing the bill (that I read), and has dragged her feet deciding whether or not to veto it means she is not as concerned about the issue as she is about her ability to spin it in her favor. Her re-election is her priority, and if she happens to do the right thing just because it will get her more votes then she doesn't deserve any praise for doing so.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:32pm
  9. the fact that she needs to seek counsel before vetoing this bill because there are some 'grey areas', I personally find motherfucking insulting. It's discrimination, there's NOTHING grey about it.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:46pm
  10. please… the also said that with SB1070 and she still signed it on the last day…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:16pm
  11. Looooooooooser.KKK.Lady

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:17pm
  12. She WANTS to sign it BADLY…. but, she can’t because it will hurt Arizona and further expose the GOP as the hate they are

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:18pm
  13. i hope she does!! i hope the reports are true!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:18pm
  14. Some people need to be put into the nursing home, they are delusional and probably shouldn’t be trusted to be in control of anything more than a golf cart :I thats how we ended up in this position, crusty old fanatically religious and hateful farts that use the term “CAUSE GOD” to justify everything

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:18pm
  15. Please do. We are facing a similar bill here in Georgia

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:18pm
  16. Should still boycott AZ for passing it in the state house and senate in the first place.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:18pm
  17. Veto or not, Arizona legislature has spoken loudly–allowing the groundwork for hate, segregation, discrimination, and probable violence to be set. Also, there will still be few protections for lgbt residents in place.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:19pm
  18. I’ll tell you what if bill is passed you will never see me visit which means less money for your state and I’m sure I’m not alone in this !!!! ;-p

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:19pm
  19. I think people and businesses and the super bowl should still boycott the state. Teach those fuckers a lesson.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:19pm
  20. She should veto!! It should have never reached her to veto.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:20pm
  21. She does NOT NOT NOT get any credit for being the good guy here, the veto stamp should have come down before the ink was dry on this bullshit bill!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:20pm
  22. She has been in DC with all the Nations Governors at a Whitehouse conference. But she could have said outright she would veto it on her return.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:28pm
  23. http://lexieluo.wordpress.com/2014/02/25/daily-photo-thoughts-why-dont-you-just-back-off-and-mind-your-own-fucking-business/

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:38pm
  24. she’s still stoopid

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:20pm
  25. of course! She must not be stupid and led by bigots

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:21pm
  26. It’s funny that no where is a mention of ‘someone doing something just because it’s the right thing to do.’ Funny. It’s all economics-based.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:22pm
  27. if she sign it,,,GOP is GONE

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:23pm
  28. please join the community on http://www.gayardor.com/

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:23pm
  29. Tic-toc, tic-toc.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:23pm
  30. Whoopty do. She won’t be signing it for ethical reasons. Giving someone in the GOP thanks? Not this one. Not after waiting for her to mull it over. F*ck her and F*ck the people behind it and F*ck the religious hypocrites begging for it.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:23pm
  31. No way this should have come this far to begin with

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:25pm
  32. I believe it needs to pass… Because we can’t fight against something NOT being there. Let it win, then when it goes to court it will make a huge stink and be much more powerful win. If Blacks weren’t legally discriminated against, they would have had very little ground to stand on.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:25pm
  33. That’s because she’s a caring conservative who believes in individual rights

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:26pm
  34. unless you're gay.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:29pm
  35. She cares very much for power, and $s, yes deeply rooted concerns with the right reasoning... Welcome to Derpistan.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:35pm
  36. Why has it taken so LONG!! Ruled by opinion not what is right and just for ALL AMERICANS!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:27pm
  37. I will believe it when I see it. She has been at a Governors conference in DC.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:27pm
  38. It is the only logical thing to do. She would be an idiot to sign this into law.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:27pm
  39. Let us hope.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:28pm
  40. i think she will sign it out of spite, no matter what the consequences to the state as a whole.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:29pm
  41. she had better because economically it could cause Arizona alot of problems

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:30pm
  42. Big deal it should have not gotten this far vote the haters out of congress wake up people and continue the outcry !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Vote

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:30pm
  43. Kill em all, whoever believes in God. Get then to heaven where they want to be. Makes room for the rest of us to live without their ignorance, bigotry, and hatred. Seriously, I’m not trying to be mean spirited.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:31pm
  44. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9KlMWzKj4s

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:22pm
  45. The fact that she waited so long shows where she personally stands on this haneous bill.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:34pm
  46. What is messed up is how long it’s taking for her to make a decision when it’s beyond obvious what she should be doing. Even if she vetos it she should be removed with the rest of the bigots from office.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:34pm
  47. I think private business should be allowed to discriminate on whatever basis they choose. I’d rather know who the assholes are so I can boycott their business instead of them hiding in secret and me giving them my business.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:35pm
  48. This should be a no brainer, but she is not working with much anyway.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:35pm
  49. I’m thinking she’s dragging this out so she can be “the hero” saving the LGBT community. I heard that she would run for another term if she could. But she can’t, unless it is approved thru state congress (and voters?). Maybe she’s trying to “backdoor” the election. This woman needs to retire! GET OUT OF POLITICS Lady, you are a laughing stalk and you are giving women a bad name everywhere!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:36pm
  50. Sad. Such a sad state of affairs. Love, in true form, cannot be hidden by hate. I am Christian, and i love everyone. I do not believe Jesus Christ makes mistakes. God is love, and love is God. People are standing on religion to spread hate, but God has nothing to do with this religion, as it were. NOH8.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:36pm
  51. It's very nice to see someone of faith that is still a kind person. But history shows us every time a certain type of people's basic human rights are being restricted it's defended by the bible. Slavery, segregation, women's rights, now LGBT rights.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:17pm
  52. If she signs it, she’s a fool. They already have two laws on the books preventing Gay marriage. A redundant and broadly written bill that would allow any religious bigot to impede commerce for religious reasons when there is no State-sanctioned religion cannot stand in court and will make tech businesses in particular flee the State. They can’t afford the backlash.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:37pm
  53. No ethics.. she only cares about the business backlash.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:37pm
  54. The governor has publicly said, as she is traveling, she will do what she its going to do when she gets back to her state. She vetoed this (essentially) same bill last year.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:38pm
  55. Putting aside the detrimental financial loss to the State of Arizona, Governor Brewer should veto SB 1062, upholding justice and equality for all residents and visitors in Arizona! It is past time to vote out those who insist on putting forth hate and bigotry legislation in the State of Arizona!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:38pm
  56. Something else to mention. This bill in various forms hit legislatures across the country. Who pushed it? Why? And who paid for the push? Hate the hateable Jan Brewer but FOLLOW THE MONEY.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:39pm
  57. Take note to all other states that try to form a similar bill, your state will suffer and become a symbol of hate and intolerance.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:40pm
  58. Your rights end where mine begin. Everyone is entitled to freedom of religion. However once you offer services or products to the public, your religious beliefs should not be involved. If you cannot handle that, business is not for you.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:43pm
  59. Stop dragging your hoofs, Brewer. You are not doing our state any good. You should have vetoed the bill immediately. Now, look at the harm you have caused.!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:43pm
  60. The only reason she will chose not to sign this bill is because she is just now realizing how much money the gay community has. If ignorance is bliss than this lady must be the happiest woman in AZ!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:45pm
  61. As a tea party governor this will hurt her support with her base, anytime a politician stands up to their base it requires courage.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:47pm
  62. No!

    Sign it!!

    Make yourself, your state and your religion infamous pariahs!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:52pm
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    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:55pm
  64. I second that…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:56pm
  65. This Republican witch is only doing so because of the pressure from companies. She would support it if not.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:58pm
  66. Send in the troops and overthrow the government there. Arrest them, prosecute and persecute them. Deny them legal counsel. Remove their wealth. Incarcerate them. Treat them as they are doing unto others. An eye for an eye (Old Testament) or Christ is love (New Testament)? WWJD?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:59pm
  67. The comment above about still boycotting AZ for passing this in the first place is as ridiculous as this bill!!! Why punish all the citizens and business owners in AZ that are not responsible for this lame bill at all what-so-ever?!?!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:59pm
  68. She is a complete ass if she signs the bill.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:02pm
  69. I think businesses should put signs in their windows anyway. A lot of the community is coming together in support of the LGBT community. We can see who the bigots are and not support their businesses.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:03pm
  70. “Likely to” I’m fucking disgusted with you right now AZ.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:03pm
  71. She should sign the bill but not for the reason you may think. AZ has no protection for gay folks. So discriminating against gay people is very legal in AZ. If she signs this law it will go to the Supreme Court fast and be found unlawful there fore ended the efforts or laws of other states. They have figured out this will back fire on them. If she signs it things will just go back to gay folks having no rights in AZ and other states will continue to find ways to make these laws legal.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:06pm
  72. Why don’t you do it already stupid bitch.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:07pm
  73. Sign it leather face. Come on have some big ole very wrinkled balls. It won’t end well for you but it will be fun to watch.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:09pm
  74. Lee Smith

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:11pm
  75. Oh Arizona, the length you go to draw attention to yourself.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:12pm
  76. I do not understand what is problem in Arizona ?

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:18pm
  77. this shit needs to stop its just hate that’s all

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:27pm
  78. she want make it law think people o thats right gay people dont think much she dont have what it takes to make a stand shes woman will coward down…this b thing of past come friday…as arizona chicken hits headlines….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:30pm
  79. Here’s a list of things that don’t count as a vicious attack or discrimination.
    ° Other people doing something that is against your religion.
    ° Other people doing something that you don’t like.
    ° Someone calling you a bigot, when you are acting like a bigot.
    ° Someone disagreeing with your opinion.
    ° Other people refusing to let you hurt them. (physically, mentally or emotionally.)
    ° Other people being granted the same rights that you have.
    ··· Randa Morris

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:34pm
  80. Don’t veto. Let us know who the haters are and put them out of business.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 7:42pm