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Controversial Arizona Bill Won't Become Law

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  Original Published: 2/27/2014

A controversial bill passed in Arizona will not become law. Andrew Spencer reports the governor responded to the legislation and the firestorm of opposition surrounding it with her veto pen. The governor of Arizona said she would do what was right for Arizona. "The bill is broadly worded, and could result in unintended and negative consequences." And with that, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062. Opponents of the controversial bill cheered outside and chanted, "Thank you Jan." Many feared the legislation would have given businesses legal backing to deny service to gay and lesbian customers as an assertion of the business owners' religious beliefs. The bill's supporters said it wasn't about condoning discrimination. "It has been extraordinarily distorted as to the whole struggle that it's been made up to be when it's not about that at all," said Arizona State Senator Steve Yarbrough. "To the supporters of this legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before, however, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve," said Gov. Brewer. While opponents of the bill cheered the governor's actions. "In her vetoing the bill, I really feel like there's a possible hope for reconciliation within our state, and we can maybe move forward past this really sort of unfortunate chapter," said Demion Chico of the Arizona State House. Some say the fight isn't over, as other states, including Georgia, Kansas and Missouri, are considering similar legislation.

   
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