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Three Ariz. GOP senators who voted for anti-gay bill now calling for veto

SB 1062 would have failed in state Senate
Monday, February 24, 2014
Arizona state Sens. Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce.

Arizona state Sens. Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce.

PHOENIX — Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill that has triggered a national backlash from gay rights advocates are now urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the legislation.

Sen. Bob Worsley says he and Sens. Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce sent a letter to Brewer Monday asking her to strike down the legislation allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

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Worsley says he was uncomfortable when he voted for the bill. Both he and Pierce called their votes a mistake.

The legislation passed last week. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is requesting a veto because of fears it will hurt tourism.

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

Conservative groups are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it in to law.

The vote in the Senate was 17-13 — had Worsley, Driggs and Pierce voted against the measure, it would have failed in the state Senate. Read their letter here.

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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74 more reader comments:

  1. Really! Why the vote for it in the first **** place?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:08pm
  2. because people can be stupid

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:11pm
  3. Well why did you vote for it in the first place! Dummies!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:08pm
  4. I see 3 pieces of shit! That is all!!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:09pm
  5. I see the same thing Isaac!!!!

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:22pm
  6. I don't see men. I don't see senators. I don't see human beings.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:24pm
  7. To late jackweeds

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:09pm
  8. I smell a rat…

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:09pm
  9. The result of not thinking twice before passing such absurdity! Really, their level of intelligence is alarming.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:09pm
  10. Ohhh… are they about to be “OUTED”…. ASSHATS!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
  11. Changing their story for elections

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
  12. Why did they vote for it in the first place? Seems to me, they didn’t expect the backlash that was coming…

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
  13. That is all it is, I think. They regret their choice to vote for it because they see how unpopular it is NOW, kind of like how John McCain is also calling for the Arizona gov to veto it too

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:28pm
  14. Not surprising coming from such ignorant people.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
  15. You smell people covering their asses since elections about 9 months away.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
  16. they thot theyd get away with it…now theres to much heat…people like george taiki callin for boyotts of the state…money talks

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
  17. All they care about are votes and money. They were going to loose both.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
  18. Their conscious didn’t get to them. They just realized it might hurt the state’s bottom line.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:11pm
  19. I'm more willing to bet it was their personal bottom line.

    Replied on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:24pm
  20. Hmm, I wonder what happened. O thats right their million dollar paychecks probably got threatened. Bunch of cowards

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:11pm
  21. They’re trying to veto it because of the money loss.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:11pm
  22. This is solid proof that lawmakers are COMPLETELY out of touch with their constituents.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:11pm
  23. These people are hateful and full of bigotry. No better than Nazis.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:12pm
  24. too late assholes

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:12pm
  25. I hope this hurts them at the polls…go gay Arizonans!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:12pm
  26. Let’s just vote with our religion regardless of the consequences!!! How’s that working out for ya?!?!?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:13pm
  27. Chickenshits!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:13pm
  28. Cowards after the fact they learned they make have screwed their beloved party at a national level.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:14pm
  29. Voting their conscience wouldn’t have been possible. They don’t have consciences.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:14pm
  30. Were their heads that far up their asses that they didn’t understand the consequences of their actions?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:14pm
  31. Losers.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:14pm
  32. Screw religion. It’s not spiritual.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:15pm
  33. Did they realize they may have committed political suicide voting FOR the bill?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:15pm
  34. Wheres their integrity?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:15pm
  35. KKK. ????? No. Please !!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:15pm
  36. Their vote is on record so we all know how they really feel! No take backs asshats!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:16pm
  37. the only way to hurt your enemy is in their pockets.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:16pm
  38. Check out my fb..Georgia sucks!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:16pm
  39. Can’t handle the backlash, I see. Idiots. Think before making a stupid move.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:17pm
  40. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry, Did the Arizona Government forget that we are Human Beings too. Perhaps the Human Rights Campaign should be involved.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:17pm
  41. 3 whole asses!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:17pm
  42. This whole thing sickens me first off if owners of stores don’t like the gays then maybe they should work for chick fil a let people live there lives Gay people are not doing anything wrong it’s the other dumb asses that are the problem maybe we should take a vote to get the idiots out of office

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:18pm
  43. Apology accepted, but it still remains that you’re a bigot. Say goodbye to your political career.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:19pm
  44. Vote all the racist, bigoted assholes hiding behind their religion out!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:19pm
  45. Re-election..

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:20pm
  46. roaches always run from the spotlight.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:20pm
  47. Buyers Remorse? Guess when the money started being thearten they had a change of understanding. If you think about it is hilarious and pathetic!!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:20pm
  48. They fear that the governor signing this bill will hurt tourism?The fact that this bill made it to the governors desk will hurt tourism.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:20pm
  49. Vote them OUT.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:20pm
  50. Someone’s looking at being re-elected.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:21pm
  51. ASSHOLES ALL OF THEM!!!! THEY DO NOT SERVE ALL OF THEIR CONSTITUENTS!!!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:21pm
  52. Total incompetence!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:21pm
  53. Makes me sick! They don’t give a damn about the lives of LGBT people, just their own greed and power!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:21pm
  54. Those three should make us a favor and resign

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:22pm
  55. They thought they could be total assholes and no one would notice. Ooops! Politicians hate it when people are paying attention.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:22pm
  56. Lemmings!!!!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:23pm
  57. Sounds like a scam to me, they can’t possibly have a change of heart after the damage they just caused…time to clean house come election time!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:23pm
  58. 3 spineless worms all running scared for their careers… film at 11.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:23pm
  59. Playing both sides

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:23pm
  60. Arizona deserves better representation than this…..vote the bums out.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:24pm
  61. How about voting them out

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:24pm
  62. Craig Hill Phd love to see some proof of your degree and your wild accusations…70k dead? No-one is forcing anything on anyone. What’s being asked for is EQUALITY under the law. If you truly had your PHD, I would expect you to have a brain that comprehends logic.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:26pm
  63. People have “strong beliefs” until Capitalism show them that they are wrong.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:26pm
  64. It’s very easy to NOW say you were uncomfortable voting on this….BUT YA DID! They seemed shocked or something with what they say is a National backlash…WELL what did you think would happen passing a law to hate? Stupid! Can no one learn from others mistakes? After that Duck Dynasty fool made his comments he too tries to bak track…damage is done people! This is 2014,we are NOT moving backward but forward in equality! Get on the train or move to Russia!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:26pm
  65. They screwed up, they still cannot avoid the consequences of their actions just by turning around and supporting a veto. They must also be voted out of office as well.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:27pm
  66. Oopsie a little tiny mistake that could ruin people’s lives, could cause young and confused people to kill themselves feeling less than….. Oh yeah, all is forgiven…. Not…. Grow some balls you fuc##g coward scum… You are more worthless that those who “intended” to vote for discrimination

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:27pm
  67. Why the hell did you vote for it fools?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:28pm
  68. I will never travel to Arizona, the over flow of assholes running that state are enough to scare most people!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:28pm
  69. Doesn’t that tell you what politics are all about, today?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:29pm
  70. gay people .are in world just like all other usa didnt win any more medals in winter olympics becuz gay were there so many get all upset and crap they have been gay people for over 100years people just talk about it more and facebook is social chat that gets lots of attention so it seems to b more publicized .its not big deal no more than american dream…just people like some people in world have nothing more in world. to do…..many get fat and many men dont like fat unattractive women sowomen end up together so they not alone not bad ideal.but not all gay r fat but many r…some in public tv shows seem to look good but majority fat digusting slobby people

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:29pm
  71. Too late, gentleman, your official photographs are destined for museum walls.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:29pm
  72. b.s. … backpeddle boys now that money might be lost

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:33pm
  73. Republicans always vote before thinking.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:34pm
  74. I call BS on their statements. No one held a damn gun to their heads when they voted. They just didn’t think this many people, both gay and straight, would call all of them out for the bigots they are. Vote their asses out.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:35pm