More opponents than supporters speaking out on SB1062

PHOENIX - As the nation waits to see how Arizona’s governor will respond to the “Religious Freedom Bill,” those opposed seem to be reacting louder than the bill’s supporters.

Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to get SB1062 on her desk Monday. She’ll then have five days to decide whether to sign it or veto it.

ABC15 visited Grace Lutheran Church in downtown Phoenix to see how church members were responding to the bill.

“I think it's just devastating,” said church volunteer Thomas Welch. “To say something is in the name of religion, and the basic motive seems to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender people and discrimination. And that seems to be pretty far from religion.”

Everyone we asked at Grace Lutheran was against the bill, calling it a step in the wrong direction for Arizona.

“One of the things that really disturbs me is that it has dredged up all the kind of bad press that Arizona went through back in the days of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday,” said Reverand Roger A. Thompson.

At Tempe Town Lake, most people polled were also against the bill, calling it legal discrimination.

“Everybody out there are just consumers, so why not let them be consumers,” asked Jason King.

“It’s only polite and it helps their business, but I don’t think the government should have to get in there and force it,” said Dixie Geissler.

One man asked was in favor of the bill, saying he could understand how the legislation would make sense in certain scenarios. Mark Gilbert was surprised by all of the negative reaction the bill has received.

“I think that it’s an overreaction really to what the intent of the legislation is,” Gilbert said. “I think there’s more balance in what the law is trying to do than what’s being indicated.”

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