SB1062: Local reaction to veto of controversial 'Religious Freedom' bill

Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties.

The decision got both a positive and negative reaction from state leaders.

U.S. SEN. JOHN McCAIN, R: "I appreciate the decision made by Gov. 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."

CATHI HERROD, CENTER FOR ARIZONA POLICY: "The religious beliefs of all Arizonans must be respected, and this bill did nothing more than affirm that. It is truly a disappointing day in our state and nation when lies and personal attacks can overshadow the truth."

ARIZONA REP. CHAD CAMPBELL, D, HOUSE MINORITY LEADER: "I applaud Gov. Brewer for doing the right thing. By vetoing this bill, the governor has sent a message to the country that Arizona is a place of tolerance and acceptance. It is unfortunate that SB1062 made it as far as it did in the process, but that is the fault of a handful of extremists at the Capitol who are out of step with the rest of the state."

ARIZONA HOUSE SPEAKER ANDY TOBIN, R: "I respect the Governor's position to veto SB1062, especially in light of the concerns brought up over the past week. I understand the concerns of people of good faith on all sides of this issue."

ARIZONA SEN. AL MELVIN, R: "Let us learn from the process we have just come through so that we can do a better job next time of communicating our intent.  Let us do a better job of reaching out to groups who likely mean well but who are otherwise swept up in the hysteria and misinformation that greets legislation like this.  We need to recognize that the attacks on Christian businesses we spoke about were in other states like New Mexico and Oregon."

ARIZONA REP. RUBEN GALLEGO, D:  "The effect is that again we got a black eye. But it also shows that Arizona can stand united."

ACLU OF ARIZONA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR ALESSANDRA SOLER: "Discrimination has no place in Arizona, or anywhere else. We're grateful that the governor has stopped this disgraceful law from taking effect, and that Arizona will remain open for business to everyone."

GOV. JAN BREWER, R: "Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated. The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences. After weighing all of the arguments, I vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago."

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