Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill on Wednesday that has been derided by critics as a license to discriminate against gays in the name of religion, saying the measure could result in “unintended and negative consequences.”
The measure, passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature last week, would have allowed business owners to cite personal religious beliefs as legal grounds for refusing to serve same-sex couples or any other prospective customers. But a number of major business organizations and some fellow Republican politicians had urged Brewer to veto the bill.
In her statement to reporters, Brewer said she saw no evidence that religious freedom was under threat in Arizona, and that the bill had the “potential to create more damage than the problems it purports to solve.” She called for greater respect and understanding among all Americans.
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