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U.S. Sen. John McCain says governor should veto Arizona’s anti-gay bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
U.S. Sen. John McCain

U.S. Sen. John McCain

U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday said 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.

McCain tweeted Monday, “I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062.”

McCain’s tweet mirrors that which was sent Saturday by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona’s other GOP Senator.

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.

McCain and Flake’s announcements 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.

Also Monday, three Republican state senators who voted for the bill backtracked, and also called for a governor’s veto. Had the three lawmakers voted against the bill, it would have failed in the Senate.

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  1. here we go again.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:51pm
  2. WOW amazing !

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:52pm
  3. who ever is against the gay people just to let you know that the greatest Christian singer Ray Boltze is gay.So I guess God is going to send him to hell and Im pretty sure people don’t refuse him service.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:52pm
  4. He’s just playing politics people. He lost with his real views so now he’s trying to gain back public approval. Don’t buy into the bullshit

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:53pm
  5. wait so against the discrimnation? well thats unexpected

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:54pm
  6. Wow

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:54pm
  7. J. M. Just shut up and cash your check

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:54pm
  8. He knows it would be bad for business. That’s why the Gov. will veto it.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:55pm
  9. *shakes head* either way, it’s ironic.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:55pm
  10. Regardless of his agenda, gay rights can use all the advocates we can get.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:56pm
  11. Its only because things like this are gaining traction. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/move-the-super-bowl-out

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:56pm
  12. Is he having a ” good day” ya know… Since he has Alzheimer’s.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:56pm
  13. If it weren’t for Sarah Palin I would have voted for this guy. This coming from a staunch Obama supporter.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:57pm
  14. people need to stop being so damn hateful against gays, we have never done you wrong. were just like everyone else. so grow tf up, its all about the money and religious stuff and thats getting very old. hell im proud to be gay and no one will never deny my rights to get married to a female or deny my rights for anything so they can kiss my a**

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:57pm
  15. I think John McCain is a pretty good Guy for the most part. I’m glad He is supporting what’s right!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:57pm
  16. First smart thing he said in a while!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:57pm
  17. While I do agree, he is just shifting with the politics… It could also at least *partly* be that his daughter Megan and wife Cindy have become quite outspoken allies of the LGBT community and they are slightly influencing him. Megan and Cindy participated I’m NOH8 photo shoot, been interviewed many time and Megan in particular has been very vocal about he support for same sex marriage and equality.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:57pm
  18. Aw, that is sweet. Help Jan Brewer decide; please sign this: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/move-the-super-bowl-out?source=s.fwd&r_by=1945181

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:57pm
  19. If this actually gets to be law, guess where i will never visit! Im straight! I proudly support the gay and lesbian community…i think it is complete and udder bullshit they could ever come up with this to begin with!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:58pm
  20. Thank you for your support #SenatorJohnMcCain!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:58pm
  21. Mccain was always too far center for his party. Just speaking up on this and going against his party deserves respect. He’s a good man and a war hero. This doesn’t surprise me at all. Those of you with bad things to say about him check yourself, i guarantee he’s a better person who deserves more respect than you. And btw I’m not a republican, just a realist who see things for what they are.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 5:58pm
  22. Marriage equality is a done deal. Let the tea baggers argue, and please report some real news.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:00pm
  23. This doesn’t change the fact that this guy is evil.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:01pm
  24. Just as homophobic people can cite ‘sincere religious beliefs’ to deny service to LGBT people, so too can LGBT people cite similarly sincere beliefs to deny service to homophobic people under this loophole-infested law. There are religious LGBT people too, you know.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:01pm
  25. Please explain which rainbow water fountain my Wife & Sons are allowed to sip from…..

    We’ve raised two honor students who are great young men & it would crush their hearts to deal with this type of hate toward their mothers!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:02pm
  26. What ever his reasoning, its the right side to support. In my opinion, any support is a good thing.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:02pm
  27. Really? When did he evolve?

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:03pm
  28. Funny that he’s a voice of reason in his party. I hated the man he pretended to be during his campaign to try and win the ultra conservative vote. Wish this McCain would have ran. However I still would have voted Obama so it doesn’t really matter….

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:04pm
  29. Sounds like his daughter Megan talked some sense into the old troll!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:09pm
  30. No one believes in John McCain’s credibility anymore….. so why do we need to know what he thinks….. war mongerer

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:10pm
  31. Gasp

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:11pm
  32. Passing out!

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:11pm
  33. Just breaking news….Three Arizona state republicans who voted FOR the bill are now backing down and sent a letter to Brewer asking her to veto the bill.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:12pm
  34. The painted mummy has higher functions? Incredible…

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:16pm
  35. I do believe this is genuine by Senator McCain, he is very good at sensing the political wind and may view it is time for the progressives to start fighting to get their party back.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:17pm
  36. He’s done/said some really respectable things. One of few Republican politicians I would actually like to hear speak.

    Posted on Monday, February 24, 2014 at 6:19pm