Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill on Wednesday that would have allowed business owners to use religion as an ostensible reason to discriminate against gays.

According to The Los Angeles Times, Gov. Brewer, a Republican, stated that this bill would cause more harm than good and that the wording within the bill was much too broad. In a news conference, Brewer states:

 

“After weighing all of the arguments, I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago… Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.”

 

She echoed concerns from constitutional scholars who questioned that this bill would affect not just gays but others as well. Would this allow business owners to deny service to those of other religions? How far would it go?

 

It’s widely speculated that this bill is in response to recent rulings in favor of same sex couples and gay marriage, specifically in the states of Utah and Virgina. Similar bills, though, have been attempted in other states and have failed to pass.

 

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