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.

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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.

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.”

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  • geenababe

    She had no choice really. This bill was extreme to say the least. Like I said gays today who is next tomorrow and for what reason. I wonder how this bill was push to the front about to be vote on while other important ones are push back and not giving consideration.

    • Aria08

      “I wonder how this bill was push to the front about to be vote on”

      Remember we are talking about Arizona…the same state that remains the only one in the union that refuses to recognize or celebrate the MLK holiday.

      It is par for the course for those folks, they are not known to be the most tolerant bunch.

  • Aria08

    Good.

    “The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences”

    This was my issue with this bill, I am glad she used some common sense and decency.