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 (@MittRomney) February 25, 2014
Mitt Romney: Veto Of SB1062 Is Right
And here’s what some celebs had to say about SB1062:
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) February 26, 2014
First Jan Brewer, now this—as if we needed another reason to avoid Arizona.
— Dan Savage (@fakedansavage) February 20, 2014
Just typed JESUS and my phone auto-corrected to TELL ARIZONA I DON’T HATE GAY PEOPLE.
— Denis Leary (@denisleary) February 25, 2014
George Takei On SB1062: Arizona Doesn’t Deserve Our Dollars
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