Gov. Brewer Vetoes Arizona’s “Anti-gay Bill”

After a long and controversial battle, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has decided to veto the bill, which was branded as “anti-gay.” This bill would have allowed business owners to deny gay customers of services if they insist on invoking their religious freedom. According to Gov. Brewer, the said bill could have had “unintended and negative consequences.”

The Surprising Decision

The decision of Gov. Brewer came out as a surprise since her conservative stance would have led her to sign the bill. The bill also has a strong backing from the Republican party of the state, in which Brewer is a part of. Also, based on her previous decisions, she could have easily signed this conservative bill. In fact, she signed the SB1070, which was aimed at allowing authorities to force immigrants to show their legal documents. She has also become controversial before after wagging a finger at President Barack Obama.

The Repercussions of Approving the Bill

Even before the deadline for Gov. Brewer to sign or veto the bill, there were already tons of calls for her not to sign it. Arizona senators Jeff Blake and John McCain, who are both Republicans, have urged her to veto the bill. The Chamber of Commerce also opposes the idea behind the bill. Even the federal government has already expressed disapproval for this bill. They said that she could face litigation and boycott should she sign the bill. Worse, it could possibly affect the economy and tourism of the state if potential tourists and investors would shun them. Super Bowl is also scheduled next year in Arizona. Though Super Bowl has not released any statement regarding the issue, the possibility of pulling out is high had Brewer signed the bill.

Why Veto?

After vetoing the bill, Brewer said that the bill did not address a specific or present concern regarding Arizona’s religious liberty. She even added, “I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.” Her decision came about after realizing that the bill could potentially create more problems than what it was supposed to solve. She was also afraid that the decision could divide the state in ways she could not even imagine.

Protests have also been going on in front of the capitol for days prior to her decision. Upon vetoing the bill, loud cheers burst outside the capitol building. Gay rights groups lauded Gov. Brewer for her courageous stance on the subject.

Analyzing the Decision

Thought Gov. Brewer did not explicitly say something about the economic impact of signing the bill, it obviously had a significant bearing on her decision. Apple which is set to expand in Arizona and bring about 2,000 jobs has already expressed that Brewer should veto the bill. The same opinion was expressed by the American Airlines and Marriott Hotels; both are major sponsors of the Super Bowl next year. Even her allies from the Republican Party have also pointed out that she should just veto the bill.

Though some people expressed their gratitude to Brewer for not allowing a law that could step on the rights of other people to be passed, there are also those who were skeptic. They thought that this move was just for political survival. Signing the unpopular bill would be a political suicide and could possibly hurt all her future political ambitions. There are also a weak number of people who fully support the approval of the bill.

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