PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would have added protections for businesses asserting their religious beliefs in refusing service to customers.
During the announcement, Brewer said her agenda is to “sign into law legislation that advances Arizona.”
WATCH THE ANNOUNCEMENT IN THE VIDEO PLAYER ABOVE
The statement made from the State Capitol took only a few minutes.
In explaining her decision Brewer said, “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.”
When she was finished with her short statement, Brewer left the conference room without answering reporters’ questions.
Todd Sanders with the Phoenix Chamber of Commerce said the bill would have had a bigger impact on small businesses.
“A lot of the concern was how this was going to impact small business, larger companies have a big legal staff, small businesses don’t have those resources," Sanders said.
State Senator Steve Gallardo said that Brewer's said this bill brings to light the need for the legislature to begin a discussion "about equality for everybody."
“I think it’s important for us to understand, we have not advanced rights for the LGBT community, we only stopped a bad bill from going into effect,” Gallardo said.
Crowds outside the State Capitol also reacted, cheering the governor's decision