Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced that she has vetoed a bill that would have allowed state businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian customers.
“The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences,” Brewer told reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. “After weighing all of the arguments I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago.”
Brewer announced her decision during a press conference Wednesday evening.
Outside the state capital, during her short notice announcement, large crowds were gathered and erupted in cheers. Shortly after the announcement, John McCain and Jeff Flake, two of the state’s republican senators congratulated Brewer on her decision.
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) February 27, 2014
I appreciate the decision made by Governor Brewer to veto this legislation. I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and assure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful State of Arizona #Arizona. My stmt: http://t.co/oBnQaxtzDf
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 27, 2014
Although Brewer is a republican, she ended her statement by emphasizing that religious freedom doesn’t mean you can discriminate against others.
“Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value. So is nondiscrimination,” Brewer said. “Going forward let’s turn the ugliness over Senate bill 1062 into a greater search for greater respect and understanding among all Arizonans and Americans.”