Yesterday Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses in her state to refuse service to anyone based on grounds of religious freedom. Businesses would have been legally allowed to refuse service to gays, lesbians and other folks based on religious beliefs.
At a press conference announcing her veto, Governor Brewer said, “Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value. So is nondiscrimination. After weighing all of the arguments, I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago.”
Gay rights, businesses, and other groups threatened to boycott the state if the law was enacted. Notably, the NFL was considering moving the Super Bowl from the state if the legislation had gone into effect.
This veto comes nearly four years after Brewer signed SB 1070, an anti-immigration measure with the goal of identifying and prosecuting undocumented immigrants. Parts of SB 1070 have been struck down in court.
Some might wonder if Brewer was more motivated by the prospect of losing business in Arizona than by what is deemed fair and equitable. After SB 1070 was signed into law in 2010, the state lost more than $23 million in lost tax revenue and at least $350 million from cancelled conventions because people and organizations were boycotting the state according to a study by the Center for American Progress.
Check out the clip below of Governor Brewer announcing her veto: