The bill thrust Arizona into the national spotlight last week after both chambers of the state legislature approved it. As the days passed, more and more groups, politicians and average Nike Shoes Green And Blue
Prominent Phoenix business groups said it would be another black eye for the state that saw a national backlash over its 2010 immigration crackdown law, SB1070, and warned that businesses looking to expand into the state may not do so if bill became law.
from the bill in the hopes Brewer will embrace the new version.
Companies such as Apple Inc. and American Airlines and politicians including GOP Sen. John McCain and former Republican presidential nominee were among those who urged Brewer to veto the legislation.
heart of this bill would allow for discrimination versus gays and lesbians, said Sen. Steve Gallardo, D Phoenix. can argue the fact that bill will invite discrimination. That the point of this bill. It is. bill is similar to a proposal last year brought by Nike Shoes Grey And Black Yarbrough but vetoed by Brewer, a Republican. That legislation also would have allowed people or religious groups to sue if they believed they might be subject to a government regulation that infringed on their religious rights. Yarbrough stripped that provision Nike Shoes Goals
Republican Sen. Steve Yarbrough called his proposal a First Amendment issue during a Senate debate.
The push in Arizona comes as an increasing number of conservative states grapple with ways to counter the growing legality of gay marriage. Arizona voters approved a ban on gay marriage as a state constitutional amendment in 2008. It is one of 29 states with such constitutional prohibitions, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
The Center for Arizona Policy argues the law is needed to protect against increasingly activist federal courts and simply clarifies existing state law. see a growing hostility toward religion, said Josh Kredit, legal counsel for the group.
Josh Deinert, a graphic designer at Fast Signs, takes a sheet of anti Senate Bill 1062 signs that read For Business To Everyone off the printer, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 in Nike Shoes Cheap Rate
Similar religious protection legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, but Arizona plan is the only one that has been passed by a state legislature. The efforts are stalled in Idaho, Ohio and Kansas.
bill is not about allowing discrimination, Yarbrough said. bill is about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith. said it was a veiled attempt to legally discriminate against gay people and could allow people to break nearly any law and cite religious freedom as a defense.
citizens weighed in against Senate Bill 1062. Many took to social media to criticize the bill, calling it an attack on gay and lesbian rights.
Associated Press reporter Brady McCombs in Salt Lake City and Jesse Holland in Washington contributed.
agenda is to sign into law legislation that advances Arizona, Brewer said at a news conference. call them like I seem them despite the tears or the boos from the crowd. governor said she gave the legislation careful deliberation in talking to her lawyers, citizens and lawmakers on both sides of the debate.
Arizona governor vetoes religious freedom bill
The bill backed by Republicans in the Legislature was designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. But opponents called it an open attack on gays that invited discrimination.
PHOENIX (AP) 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.
Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
Brewer was under intense pressure to veto the bill, including from three Republicans who had voted for the bill last week. They said in a letter to Brewer that while the intent of their vote to create a shield for all citizens religious liberties, the bill has been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance. 1062 allows people to claim their religious beliefs as a defense against claims of discrimination. Backers cite a New Mexico Supreme Court decision that allowed a gay couple to sue a photographer who refused to document their wedding, even though the law that allowed that suit doesn exist in Arizona.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer walks towards the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, after the National Governors Association met with President Barack Obama. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Yarbrough called those worries and unsupported hypotheticals and said criminal laws will continue to be prosecuted by the courts.
Civil liberties and secular groups countered that Yarbrough and the Center for Arizona Policy, a powerful social conservative group that backs anti abortion and conservative Christian legislation in the state and is opposed to gay marriage, had sought to minimize concerns that last year bill had far reaching and hidden implications.
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