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

BRIAN TASHMAN | Right Wing Watch | Monday, March 10, 2014
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.)
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.

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

| Monday, March 10, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
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.

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

| Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Arizona
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.

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If I knew you were coming, I would have baked a cake…

| Saturday, March 1, 2014
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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?

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

| Thursday, February 27, 2014
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.
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.

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

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
APHillary Clinton
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.

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

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) vetoes SB 1062.
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.

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

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
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:

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

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
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 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...

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Hispanic National Bar Association pulls conference from Arizona

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Phoenix, Ariz.
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.

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