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GOP U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Ariz. says he hopes governor vetoes anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
APU.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

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U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Saturday that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others.

Flake tweeted Saturday, “I hope Governor Brewer vetoes SB 1062.”

The legislation (SB 1062) allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, and all eyes are on Brewer as she decides whether to sign the bill. A decision is likely next week.

Social conservatives and libertarian-minded members of the GOP believe the legislation protects the First Amendment rights of business owners who are expressing their religious beliefs.

Flake’s announcement comes amid calls by Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, for Brewer to veto the bill.

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The legislation was passed over the objections of Democrats who said it was clearly designed to allow discrimination against gays. All but three Republicans in the Legislature voted in favor of the bill.

Greater Phoenix Economic Council President and CEO Barry Broome urged the governor to veto the bill and said four companies have already put their plans to open facilities in Arizona on hold until they see if the bill becomes law.

The impact could mean the potential loss of “thousands of jobs,” Broome said.

“If the governor doesn’t veto this bill, the effect on Arizona will be instantaneous and devastating,” he said.

Arizona’s senior U.S. Senator, John McCain, also a Republican, has not commented on the bill.

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  1. Tiffany

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:06am
  2. Where McCain!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:07am
  3. Good question - John McCain needs to speak up and so does The White House

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:18am
  4. yay!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:08am
  5. Its unconstitutional, but that doesnt seem to matter these days.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:09am
  6. apparently not - unless we are talking about the 2nd amendment - then it was written by Jesus and signed by his father.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:18am
  7. This law will reverberate through the SCOTUS!!! There are several issues in front of the SCOTUS relative to the hate of the religious in America and their "right" to be in control. IF she signs this...it will be catapulted into the courts....and the SCOTUS will have to think a long time...conservative or not about what must truly be done to end this.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:08am
  8. The precedent is already there in the unconstitutionality of laws discriminating against blacks over 50 years ago.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:26am
  9. Due to our 3-branch government, only the judicial branch can make the determination of whether legislation which has been enacted is constitutional or not. We can all guess (as armchair jurists) that it will be found unconstitutional... but, until a court has reached that judgment, it has no "constitutional"/"unconstitutional" label attached. In any event, it's a waste of legislator's time... since the majority of us can comfortably predict what label shall be attached. And, wasting time, seems to be the GOP's modus operandi as witnessed by the zillion attempts by the House of (mis)representatives to overturn the ACA.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 8:28am
  10. I hope she signs it so we all, all of us in the USA can watch as it backfires and explodes in their face.. I am Gay and I just want to see this red state turn BLUE!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:09am
  11. This Red State will likely be Blue next election whether she signs it or vetoes it. But how rude of you to WANT her to sign it just so you can watch the fallout. Thanks for support for the gay community, NOT.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:09am
  12. I agree Michael Haynes, I hope she signs it too...between fatso Christie and Arizona's Brewer ...what a country we have.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:16am
  13. Well Dian Its a free country and how dare YOU question my support of the Community.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:34am
  14. Diane - Michael is right - sometimes you really need to see the scum crash and burn and signing this would do that - its not so he can "watch" but to see real results - not just some temporary set back which gives them time to regroup and get their base out to vote.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:17am
  15. COMPLETELY agree. This needs to go away in a very big way. And if she signs it, the rest of the country will run Screaming and send a very STRONG message to the rest of the country. If it doesn't, then it will just trickle on elsewhere. There needs to be some MAJOR uproar...

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:20am
  16. Looks like the Republicans in Arizona are running for cover. No one wants to claim this one. The problem is that the Arizona House and Senate are on record with this vote. The people of Arizona know who they are and how they voted.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:09am
  17. GOOD!

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:21am
  18. Flake voted in our favour before, on Employment Non-Discrimination Act of 2013: http://votesmart.org/bill/17391/46286/28128/employment-non-discrimination-act-of-2013#.UwmNEc55vng

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:56am
  19. A GOP Republican with at least a bit of common sense in his brain. Thank you, Jeff.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:11am
  20. Hope is not enough. Get yourself in gear and do some things so she doesn’t sign it!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:11am
  21. Agreed

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:13am
  22. Wow, not only was he rather funny on Wait Wait don’t tell me… last week, he appears to have a functioning brain!! Too bad that means that the Arizona GOP will primary him next time around….

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:13am
  23. There ARE some if not a good amount of consertives/libertarains who do support Gay rights ..(my self included)

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:14am
  24. Yes! I know exactly three Christians (in my life, not online) who are support gay rights.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:39am
  25. His last name, Nuff Said

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:14am
  26. what I find so funny about the modern christian, is that they do not know how or want to “witness” their faith to others, but cram it down everyones throat. Judgement on them will be interesting.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:15am
  27. Very interesting point...

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:22am
  28. If Brewer signs it, there’s no doubt it will be challenged in the courts and the Arizona Sup CT will almost certainly find it unconstitutional. And the AZ leg will look more foolish than they already do.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:16am
  29. It’s finally happened. It’s gotten so bad they’re eating their own..metaphorically speaking. It’s a metaphorical cannibalistic feeding frenzy.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:17am
  30. The vote was unrecorded..Cowards. Yes Jan Brewer, sign the bill. We will dance around you as you fall. The people of AZ should really get a wake up call on this one. If not, they deserve what they get.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:18am
  31. The vote was recorded, House vote here: http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/51leg/2r/bills/sb1062.hthird.1.asp&Session_ID=112

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:46am
  32. It IS recorded: Here: Senate vote: http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/51leg/2r/bills/sb1062.sthird.1.asp&Session_ID=112

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:18am
  33. House vote: http://www.azleg.gov//FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/legtext/51leg/2r/bills/sb1062.hthird.1.asp&Session_ID=112

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:21am
  34. ...and Flake is a US senator for AZ, not an AZ senator.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:23am
  35. I can’t imagine that the Supreme Court will not knock this down as unconstitutional. Still, 7 of the 9 justices are Catholic so who knows. It’s very frightening. Every person of conscience should stand up to this law by boycotting AR. It was once blacks who were refused service at lunch counters then Jews who were refused entry to clubs. Now it’s gays. It may be you next time.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:21am
  36. didn't realize 7 !!! Ex RC here - it is a scary and inhuman creed

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:46am
  37. There is nothing good about this bill. What are these people thinking?

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:23am
  38. It’s a little too late for them to backpeddle now. The only reason these republicans don’t want her to sign it, is because they know how bad it will be for them. Even if she does veto the bill, everyone knows what Arizona republican politicians are like now. The humiliation to the LGBT community has already been done. The seeds have been planted that EVEN Politicians see us as people who they can vote to discriminate against! I hope that stupid bitch DOES sign it! Goodbye Arizona’s standing as a red state! They deserve all the shit people are throwing their way!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:24am
  39. Actually, there were THREE House Republicans who voted against this awful bill in our favour: Kate McGee, Heather Carter, and Ethan Orr.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:36am
  40. I am 99% sure he’s saying this so he can garner votes on his upcoming election. I wouldn’t trust this man IF MY LIFE DEPENDED ON IT! And it could should he make “governor” SMDH!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:30am
  41. If MS Jan Dingy signs then AZ will become the poorest state with old white Republicans burning in that hot sun. None of the Legislatures will ever know a moment of peace because their lives will be threatened.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:30am
  42. “And then they came after me and there was nobody left to speak for me”

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:32am
  43. Thank you, Sen. Flake! As an Arizonan, it just has to be.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:32am
  44. Henry Mcmahon, you’re a conservative/libertarian? So you didn’t vote these bigoted republicans into office? Because, unless you voted AGAINST the republicans (and by that, I mean the democrat running against them, because you KNOW that a libertarian vote in Arizona is just pissing in the wind) then you can’t say that you support Gay Rights!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:33am
  45. I sent an email to Gov Brewer last night urging a strong swift Veto. It’s the first time I’ve felt the need to do so.
    I think it’s important for people like myself to come out against this bigoted legislation. It’s important because the far right religious groups like to talk about the gay agenda groups that represents a small minority in their opinion. So they need to hear more from guys like me, a straight, white male Christian, gun loving, life time republican that has help raise tens of thousands of dollars for the GOP since I was 18 volunteering for Reagan’s reelection in 84. They need to know it’s not just the liberals that won’t vote for them, cause they know those are votes they’ll never get, but the voters like me who put them in office and can remove them this November. Everyone needs to speak out about this travesty but those like me need to scream the loudest because they will listen to us. I was told I was not a real republican today by someone spewing hate on another site. I’m guessing words like this were thrown around 150+ years ago by the extremes in the Whig party and that worked out so well.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:37am
  46. You should be proud to be told that - the "real republican" of today has become a symbol for so much that is wrong headed and un american that this person did you a favor - a wake up call to become a member of a real thoughtful liberal party that recognizes the rights of individuals, labor, women and the equality of all persons regardless of race, national origin gender or sexual preference.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:44am
  47. Well Todd, your post gave me a warm fuzzy!

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:00am
  48. Why are people thanking this bastard? He’s trying to save his job. He doesn’t give two shits about the damage, just having this bill pass has caused! Stop thanking him!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:38am
  49. It must be election year. Beware of a wolf in sheep’s clothing!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:41am
  50. The bill is discrimination !!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:42am
  51. He bears some responsibility for this, he is after all a teatard, this also falls under to little to late.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:45am
  52. Kenny Cook I find your post that a republics cannot support gay rights offensive. I’ve been a member of the GOP for 30+ years and have been a gay rights supporter for as long as I can remember. It’s a little closed minded to think that you cannot support a party unless you agree 100% with that party. People like myself are what us needed to change the GOP. Do you think any member of the GOP on capital hill is listening to the liberal wing of the DNC? But they will listen as their old donors die off and us middle aged to young donors start demanding change.
    I’m not trying to be negative toward you because I need to thank you for fighting for LGBT rights but please understand not all GOP supporters are bad just as I tell my conservative friends to stop thinking all Dems are bad.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:47am
  53. Todd - Basic human rights trump most other things in a republic that was founded on the notion of the equality , freedom and liberty of all humans and that derives its constitution from that ideal. While you may be an agent of change within the GOP it has -since Reagan - moved so far to the right that membership in this party equates with support of racism, homophobia, misogyny , conflation of church and state, contempt for the poor and the working class. So attacks on gays is not just 1% of the GOP platform but a symbol of the general intolerance that characterizes the GOP view of the world and plan for this nation as a whole. The sad thing is that good people like yourself have been duped into thinking that it is the left rather than the vast and growing power of corporations which own the GOP and started the Tea Party and is responsible for the decline of the American Dream. Never forget that this nation was started by the left - liberal rebels against a monarchy and state approved church - creators of a citizen rather than a sovereign ruled state and the first to acknowledge that power came from an educated citizenry. At the end of the day conservatism is a nostalgia for that sort of earlier monarchical state - one in which conformity and subjection to authority - trumps freedom and individuality.

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:27am
  54. Completely agree with you todd. Not all Repubs think in the same way. And a person is not representative of all that party's done. I've seen things the Dems have done that I haven't liked. But stuff happens. BUT the essence of a party is hard to shake. That's why you have to look at the individual at times. An example is Gov. William Weld of Massachusetts. I'm a Dem and I LOVED him. He would have condemned this. BUT, he was railroaded out of office by Repubs that didn't like his liberal Republican thinking. Very sad...

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:28am
  55. I don’t like Flake. In fact I think he’s an idiot. But he’s right about this one. She should definitely veto this embarrassing monstrosity!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:53am
  56. He’s a good Republican!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:54am
  57. I hope they realize if she signs it they are inciting violence and bully’s against gays!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:58am
  58. Uh...wasn't that their goal all along??

    Replied on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:37am
  59. I hope so too

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:02am
  60. if she does not perhaps she should not be governor next term.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:31am
  61. I don’t think she’ll sign it. She’s termed out as governor at the end of 2014. She even eventually embraced Obamacare. The RNC needs people like her to pull the right back to center on social issues if they are to survive as a viable party.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:31am
  62. She will because it would be such a huge hit on Arizona economy.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:42am
  63. Boycott Arizona if this bill passes.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:44am
  64. Next year the SUPERBOWL is being held in ARIZONA. I cannot wait to see the Fallout from the negative coverage surrounding this Horrible bill in Arizona. It is going to be hilarious to watch the Protests and coverage of this piece of garbage being aired during the superbowl. I think Arizona just by putting up this piece of garbage bit themselves off more than they could chew!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:45am
  65. Just another Republican trying to cover their ass for the coming elections.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:02am
  66. OMG Hell froze over!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:12am
  67. Sanity from a GOPper! – was he on medication?

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:14am
  68. This bill is evil discriminatory and harmful to Democractic society and state that takes freedom form others end up overtime in self destruction look at Ukraine and Syria !

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:26am
  69. I’d like to say she has to; but in this day and age, with all the hate that’s going around I’m surprised the Nazi flag isn’t flying.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:28am
  70. You can change somethings,but you can’t change a person’s mind.or life to fit how you WANT them to live,Leave the gays alone and you won’t get so much negative feedback.A person’s life isn’t the issue of an entire state or for topic of conversation.I’m sorry,how long has homosexuality existed and your still trying to make it public business? Live and let live. The Bullshit against other humans has run it’s course.Let’s find something to fight against that we can all actually change and benefit from.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:31am
  71. Good to see there are some republicans, who will stand up against discrimination …. Unfortunately they will probably get in trouble from the party for being this way !!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:46am
  72. Well, I am STRAIGHT…but NOT Narrow and I will not visit AZ if this law is upheld!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:00am
  73. Going across the United States from New Mexico to California you can go to Durango Colorado crossing into Utah and cross beautiful southern Utah and then to California where no one discriminates against you and you don’t have to be concerned about your safety or being insulted– let’s spend our money in Utah

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:01am
  74. This Senator is one of the Republicans I respect when it comes to Gay Rights Issue…

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:04am
  75. Mr. Flake is afraid of the repercussions of the American voters nationwide against the TP and the GOP with this law. We will NOT forget…

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:06am
  76. yes I need a gun to protect myself from Ted Nugent, Republicans,bigots,racists and religious folk.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:11am
  77. No More Gay Hate Before People Die For Stupid Reasons

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:25am
  78. I spent two nights last month in Sedona, Ariz. I will not be spending my tourist dollars if they she signs it. My hunch is that she WON”T. When I was in Sedona, I saw a morning show with the Gov bragging about how new industry was coming into Ariz. I don’t believe that she would want to give outside businesses ANY reason to not relocate to Ariz.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:34am
  79. What are we living in discrimination in the 50′s…..last I looked it was 2014!!!! Isn’t it time for change for the better? Society has changed and unfortunately we are not changing with it…..time to do what’s right?

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:39am
  80. i think this crap sucks sour lemons an all that agreed to them dumb asses

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:54am
  81. Well cause he knows discrimination is bad for business not because he is our champion!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:06am
  82. Showing a rare lick of good sense. This probably fried the one working synapse his brain had left!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:15am
  83. From your mouth to God’s ears Senator Flake!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:28am
  84. Aw… well, this gives me a warm fuzzy!! I never expect Republicans to be nice, so when they are, I’m touched.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:55am
  85. Sign it, and then watch as the entire country turns on you (except those southern states, but they still think they are in the confederated states of america)

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:19am
  86. He wants her to sign the death warrants on thousands of LGBT PEOPLE in Arizona. What if one of those to suffer were his own children. At least one GOP legislator or governor staff member will have a child who is gay and will suffer and even die as a result of this bill. Arizona is setting itself up to lose a very expensive lawsuit.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:42am
  87. WTF HAPPENED TO THE SEPARATION OF CHURCH SO THIS BILL IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL WAKE UP GOP REPRESENT ALL THE PEOPLE THIS ISN’T A RELIGIOUS RAN COUNTRY WHATS NEXT RIPPING UP THE CONSTITUTION ??????

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 6:48am
  88. She’ll sign it, just like she signed the Papers Please law. Someone is paying her to–follow the money.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 7:20am
  89. They aren’t nice just worried about their image

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 10:12am
  90. Good

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 11:15am
  91. Fucking ass hole

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 12:37pm
  92. Nice looking man, I hope he has some influence!! And good for him!!

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 1:00pm
  93. Some of the GOP is realizing that discrimination is not trendy. The most shocking thing is that they even consider such a bill. It shows that we still have a long way to go for equality.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:09pm
  94. Fuck that shit

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:44pm
  95. You all up their can fuck yours

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:44pm
  96. Yourself

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:44pm
  97. The fun thing to do would be to go into one of the businesses that would support such an ignorant notion and have a big old gay flash mob go in and give them something to see.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 2:50pm
  98. Todd Bitter, you can support Gay Rights, but if you’re voting republican, then you’re not! When you vote for a republican, you don’t get to tell that candidate, “I’m voting for you and support you on everything BUT Gay Rights. It just doesn’t work that way. Sure, individual voters might voice their opinions after the fact, but the majority of them don’t, and at that point, it’s too late. Otherwise, this bill never would have been drawn up. So NO it’s not closed minded of me in the least, not in this case. Have you communicated with the GOP candidates you’ve elected and told them that you support Gay Rights? And if so, what good has it done? NONE! I stand firmly by my assertion that you CAN NOT support GOP candidates and then, as an afterthought, say, but I support Gay Rights too. It really may be what you believe, but in reality, it’s not true. Your GOP Candidate just sees you as another conservative vote, not as a person that fights for Gay Rights. That being said, thanks for your support of Gay Rights, but can’t you see that your support of the GOP has cancelled out ANY support you’ve shown to the rights of the Gay community?

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 3:12pm
  99. More shit stirred up by fucking republicans.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 4:51pm
  100. I enjoy all of the permutations written in these comments, but honor Senator Flake’s response. He understands that I am not alone.
    For the record: I am already boycotting Florida and there are lots of people joining me. Adding Arizona to the list is easy. George Takei has already stated he will do the same. Hit them in the pocket book and let them know why you are doing it. It is the only way most of the state politicians can understand how they are appearing to people not in their state.

    Posted on Sunday, February 23, 2014 at 5:37pm