Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) today vetoed the controversial Arizona's so-called "Religious Freedom Bill" (Senate Bill 1062), according to ABC News, Feb. 26, 2014. The bill would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays or to people suspected of being gay.
In response to the bill, the Hispanic National Bar Association canceled its 2015 convention Phoenix. Apple Inc., American Airlines and the Arizona Super Bowl Committee also lobbied the Governor to veto the bill. Arizona's two Republican United States senators, including former Presidential nominee John McCain, urged the Governor to veto the bill. Former Massachusetts Governor and Presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined McCain and others in calling for a veto.
After vetoing the bill, Governor Brewer cited the fact that Senate Bill 1062 was not part of her legislative agenda for Arizona. Furthermore, Brewer noted that the controversial bill did not move Arizona forward. Brewer stated:
"My agenda is to sign into law legislation that advances Arizona. I call them like I see them despite the cheers or the boos from the crowd. After weighing all the arguments, I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago."
Supporters of the bill claimed that the legislation had been "mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance." However, since enough Arizona legislators support Brewer's veto to prevent an override, it is likely that Senate Bill 1062 will not reemerge on the political horizon in Arizona.