Arizona Gov. Vetoes Controversial ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would let businesses or corporations refuse service to customers for religious reasons. Critics of the “religious freedom” bill say that would allow for unfair discrimination of some members of the public, like the LGBT community. Since passing the legislator late last week, the measure has become the subject of heated national debate. The bill’s sponsor, Republican Sen. Steve Yarbrough, told Fox News earlier this week, “This bill is about preventing discrimination against people who are clearly living out their faith.” Brewer, however, said that the concerns over infringement on religious freedoms were unwarranted. In a statement following the veto she said, “As governor, I have protected religious freedoms when there is a specific and present concern that exists in our state. 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” …

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