Arizona has been making headlines with the now famous Senate Bill 1062 which set off a national debate about Gay Rights and Religious freedom. This controversial bill would have allowed people based on their religious belief to deny service to gays. The bill was supported mainly by right wing conservatives but was vetoed yesterday by Arizona Republican Governor Jan Brewer.
Brewer pushed back against her own GOP conservatives bringing forth examples of religious rights infringements in other states.
"I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated," Brewer said. "The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences."
Gay supporters were very pleased to hear of the Republican Governor's decision to veto the bill with an explosion of applause coming from the Capital building Wednesday after she made her announcement.
Nevertheless, Brewer approached the religious right with understanding regarding the highly divisive Gay debate but stated bill 1062 was not the answer.
"Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes," she said. "However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and nobody could ever want."
Arizona was thrust 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 citizens weighed in against Senate Bill 1062. Many took to social media to criticize the bill.