Former secretary of state Hillary Rodham Clinton had praise for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for her decision to veto Senate Bill 1062. According to the Associated Press on Feb. 27, Clinton told students, faculty and guests at the University of Miami that the rejection of the bill recognized that “inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about.”
Brewer vetoed the bill that would have allowed a business owner’s right to refuse service to gays and others behind the shield of religious freedom on Wednesday night. The decision came after much pressure and criticism from businesses, politicians outside of Arizona, sports organizations in the state and even the NFL threatened to strip the state of the Super Bowl.
The outcry led Brewer to believe that the bill would potentially “create more problems than it purports to solve” as SB 1062 was seen as anti-gay, unconstitutional and also divisive.
“Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer said. “I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.”
As the signing of the bill could’ve presented the state of Arizona with potential economic hits, Clinton applauded the decision more on the basis of human rights.
“It is the work of this century to complete the unfinished business of making sure that every girl and boy, every woman and man, lives in societies that respect their rights no matter who they are,” Clinton said.
Although the initial passing of SB 1062 was considered a set back for gay rights in particular, the outcry that followed showed the signs of a nation progressing in which Clinton urged the young people she addressed to continue to “find ways to make sure the barriers that too often divide us are torn down once and for all.”
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