Jan Brewer: Arizona Governor Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill

Wed, February 26, 2014 8:30pm EST by 8 Comments
Arizona Anti-Gay Bill
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UPDATE: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed business owners to deny service to LGBT customers.

As we wait for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to sign or veto the so-called Religious Freedom bill, celebs and politicians — even 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney — are firing back on Twitter and urging Jan to veto. The controversial bill would allow business owners to deny service to LGBT customers, as long as doing so aligns with their religious beliefs.

Proponents of the bill claim that it promotes freedom, not oppression; that business owners should not be discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Indeed, Kellie Fiedorak, an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom — which had a hand in writing up the bill — told CNN that “[SB1062] has nothing to do with discrimination. It’s protecting basic freedoms that belong to everyone.” Many celebs disagree, insisting that the bill is oppressive. See what the stars have to say right here!

Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill — Gov. Jan Brewer Vetoes Legislation

UPDATE: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced on Feb. 26 that she has vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to gay and lesbian customers based on business owners’ religious beliefs.

Gov. Brewer said she knew she made the right choice for her state.

“I call them as I see them, despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd,” she declared, adding that the bill could have had “unintended consequences” if passed.

We are so happy that Gov. Brewer vetoed the bill! She definitely made the right call.

Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill — Celebs Ask Gov. Jan Brewer To Veto Legislation

Many politicians — and the politician-adjacent, in the case of Meghan McCain — are vehemently opposed to the bill. You know that when conservative politicians are against the passing of a bill that some are labeling too conservative as well as discriminatory, then there is a problem!

Mitt Romney: Veto Of SB1062 Is Right

And here’s what some celebs had to say about SB1062:

George Takei On SB1062: Arizona Doesn’t Deserve Our Dollars

George Takei, in a lengthy statement found on the official website of his Broadway musical “Allegiance,” which he wrote and stars in, had this to say:

The law is breathtaking in its scope. It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon.

But your mean-spirited representatives and senators know this. They also know that it is going to be struck down eventually by the courts. But they passed it anyway, just to make their hateful opinion of us crystal clear.

So let me make mine just as clear. If your Governor Jan Brewer signs this repugnant bill into law, make no mistake. We will not come. We will not spend. And we will urge everyone we know–from large corporations to small families on vacation–to boycott. Because you don’t deserve our dollars. Not one red cent.

And maybe you just never learn. In 1989, you voted down recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday, and as a result, conventions and tourists boycotted the state, and the NFL moved the Superbowl to Pasadena. That was a $500 million mistake.

What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Is SB1061 about freedom or oppression? Do you agree with Mitt Romney, John McCain, George Takei, and so many more, or do you (respectfully) disagree? Comment below.

– Amanda Michelle Steiner

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Mister Baja

Posted at 11:29 PM on February 26, 2014  

…so she cares.

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Posted at 9:20 PM on February 26, 2014  

Republican state legislators continually seek new opportunities to be spanked by the court system — or in this case, their own tea-chugging, conservative Governor — for their incredibly invasive and empathy-devoid, wholly self-serving, and blatantly unconstitutional policy proposals and legislative offerings.

Thank you, may I have another?

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AhContraire (@AhContraire)

Posted at 9:19 PM on February 26, 2014  

Ok, no bill. But why not ask these two simple medical questions?

That is, Doesn’t the medical community recommend that you, “Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom.”?

Yet, now there are some in the medical community that now say it’s OK to “Sleep with the waste that gets flushed down in the toilet?” and that it’s possible to live a perfectly normal life.

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Dave K, Phoenix, AZ

Posted at 7:22 PM on February 27, 2014  

It’s over for now. You church folks are free to be as judgmental and intolerant as you want, in church, where that kind of thing belongs…

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Peat Durango

Posted at 6:10 PM on February 26, 2014  

Unbelievable! History is repeating itself in Arizona??? There is no reasonably humanely way to run a business, state, etc who out rightly chooses to discriminate – Institutionalized Discrimination.

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Robyn Miller

Posted at 5:48 PM on February 26, 2014  

How can you in this day justify not “servicing” a customer if he or she is gay? What if a straight person that look s gay walks in to a business and isn’t waited on because they look “gay”? You might as well pass a law that allows your citizens to not service fat people or ugly people or black people. Will you also have separate water fountains one for gay/ lesbians and one for straights? Do you realize that you are stepping so far BACK.? This is sinful!!!!!!

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Dave K, Phoenix, AZ

Posted at 4:02 PM on February 26, 2014  

Steven Yarborough is the Arizona senator who introduced SB 1062. He is a republican who is up for reelection this year. He is opposed by Kristie O’Brein, a democrat: http://www.obrienforazsenate.com/ She will have a link on her site to accept contributions within a couple of weeks. She can accept early contributions up to $160 from people from outside her district but will not be able to do so for a long time. Any help would be appreciated by the people of Arizona to remove Steven Yarborough from office. I have nothing to do with Kristie’s campaign. I am just a resident of Arizona who wants to see the bullies and racists removed from Arizona politics. Please help us do so.

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Dave K, Phoenix, AZ

Posted at 1:24 AM on February 27, 2014  

Thank you everyone who helped defeat this mean spirited and intolerant legislation. It sent a message to our republican legislature that hatred toward any group will not be tolerated by good people and will not be without consequences. Now let’s replace Steven Yarborough that introduced this bill. Support Kristie O’Brein.

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