SB 1062 (Ariz.)

Arizona SB 1062 is a broadly written legislative Act that would allow religious-based discrimination against any group of people for any religious reason. While the intended target of the bill is to allow businesses to refuse to serve the LGBT community, specifically in the cases of same-sex couples, the language of the bill would allow any business to use any religious belief to discriminate against any group. The bill, approved by the GOP-controlled state legislature, thrust Arizona into the national spotlight and created a firestorm of criticism from the business community, gay rights supporters and many prominent Republicans. The bill was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer on Feb. 26, 2014.
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)

Michele Bachmann: ‘The gay community have so bullied the American people’

Monday, March 10, 2014
Still reeling from the demise of Arizona’s “right-to-discriminate” bill, Michele Bachmann said last week that she is tired of gay people “bullying” her and the American people. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Arizona governor’s staff worked on religious freedom bill with proponents

Monday, March 10, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's staff worked with proponents of a bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays before the legislation was introduced in January, according to emails released by her office. [ Read more → ]
Arizona

Poll: Arizona voters support religious freedom veto, legalizing gay marriage

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
A new Arizona poll finds not only that voters in the state agree with Jan Brewer's veto of a controversial religious freedom bill, but that they also for the first time support legalizing same-sex marriage in the state. [ Read more → ]
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If I knew you were coming, I would have baked a cake…

Saturday, March 1, 2014
I’m always touched when people of faith send their love and compassion my way… These people – these Christians – What are they so afraid of and why are they so very hateful? This picture of the cake and all the other pictures and blogs and outrage since Governor Jan Brewer vetoed that hateful bill in Arizona isn’t about “freedom of religion” – but you know that, right? [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin,    APWith the Arizona Capitol in the background, gay rights supporters Rachel Butas, right, and Jo Jo Halko kiss after the two learn that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announces she has vetoed SB1062, a bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in Phoenix.

How Corporate America forced the veto of Arizona’s anti-gay bill

Thursday, February 27, 2014
When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand. Voicing concern for their employees, customers and bottom lines, prominent companies from American Airlines to Verizon used threats of reduced business to help convince Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owner's religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
APHillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton lauds veto of Ariz. anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Hillary Rodham Clinton is lauding Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of a bill that set off a national debate over gay rights. [ Read more → ]
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) vetoes SB 1062.

Ariz. governor Jan Brewer vetoes anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would have added protections for people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Transcript: Ariz. governor Jan Brewer’s statement on vetoed bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
PHOENIX — Following is a transcript of the statement read by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday regarding her veto of a bill allowing religious reasons for refusing service to gays: [ Read more → ]
Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

Religious freedom bill raises complicated legal questions for Ariz., other states

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
[caption id="attachment_130124" align="alignleft" width="665"] Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.[/caption] PHOENIX — The bill has galvanized business leaders and... [ Read more → ]
Phoenix, Ariz.

Hispanic National Bar Association pulls conference from Arizona

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- The Hispanic National Bar Association on Wednesday said it cancelled its 2015 convention in Phoenix over legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. [ Read more → ]
John Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry calls on Arizona governor to veto anti-gay law

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
WASHINGTON -- America's top diplomat predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down an anti-gay proposal in Arizona if it ever becomes law and called Wednesday on the state's governor to "make the right decision" and veto it. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

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

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

Ariz. governor returns home amid furor over anti-gay religious freedom bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights. [ Read more → ]
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)

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

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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." [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.

Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ Read more → ]
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State senator tells Anderson Cooper there’s no discrimination in Arizona

Monday, February 24, 2014
In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Monday, Arizona GOP state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Al Melvin defended Arizona's SB 1062, the controversial the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APMargaret Jean Plews works on a chalk drawing as she joined nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.

SB 1062: ‘One of the saddest days I have ever had as an Arizonan’

Monday, February 24, 2014
On Feb. 20, the Arizona State Legislature passed the discriminatory Senate Bill 1062, which was identical to House Bill 2153 when it was considered in the Arizona House of Representatives. This bill promotes extremism and would create opportunities for discrimination against classes of people who are not protected by federal laws. It was designed to target the LGBTQ community and to undermine the local governments in Arizona that are passing civil rights laws to protect the LGBTQ community... [ Read more → ]
Ross D. Franklin, APJo Beaudry holds up a sign as she joins nearly 250 gay rights supporters protesting SB1062 at the Arizona Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, in Phoenix.

Pressure mounts over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX — Republican Gov. Jan Brewer faced intensifying pressure Monday from CEOs, politicians in Washington and state lawmakers in her own party to veto a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people. [ Read more → ]
Arizona state Sens. Bob Worsley, Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce.

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

Monday, February 24, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Sen. John McCain

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

Monday, February 24, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
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Ariz. business leaders call for veto of anti-gay religious freedom bill

Monday, February 24, 2014
PHOENIX — Arizona's biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays. [ Read more → ]
George Takei

‘Oh my’ – George Takei is peeved over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

Sunday, February 23, 2014
Star Trek legend and LGBT rights activist George Takei is speaking out over Arizona's controversial legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others. [ Read more → ]
APU.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)

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

Saturday, February 22, 2014
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. [ Read more → ]
Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), left, and Treasurer Doug Ducey (R).

Ariz. secretary of state, treasurer say governor should veto anti-gay bill

Saturday, February 22, 2014
PHOENIX -- Arizona's Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, say a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed. [ Read more → ]
Protestors rally at the Arizona state capitol complex demanding that Gov. Jan Brewer veto SB 1062.

Protesters rally at Ariz. state capitol to demand governor veto anti-gay bill

Friday, February 21, 2014
PHOENIX — Hundreds of people have gathered at the Arizona Capitol to demand that Gov. Jan Brewer veto legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs. [ Read more → ]
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