Arizona: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ponders over Senate Bill 1062.

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Arizona: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ponders over Senate Bill 1062.

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is returning to Arizona on Tuesday soon to ponders over Senate Bill 1062.

Senate Bill 1062 would amend the existing Religious Freedom Restoration Act, allowing business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian customers so long as proprietors were acting solely on their religious beliefs.

Last week, the Arizona Legislature passed a bill allowing businesses whose owners cite sincerely held religious beliefs to deny service to gays. It allows any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any action brought by the government or individual claiming discrimination.

But after that vote by the Arizona Legislature on Senate Bill 1062, a national uproar occurred against Senate Bill 1062 with people angry about the vote and the bill and hundreds of people coming to the Arizona State Capital and protesting against Senate Bill 1062.

People against Senate Bill 1062 are also going onto the internet either to sign petitions against or to veto Senate Bill 1062 including to the website Change.org where a petition titled “Veto SB 1062: Arizona’s bill legalizing discrimination” has more than 68,962 supporters and growing.

Some people are even changing their social media profiles to the “Arizona Equality” signs protesting against Senate Bill 1062 well off the internet, Scott Koehler who is the owner of FastSigns of Downtown Phoenix, Arizona has printed out thousands of window signs since last Sunday saying, “Open For Business To Everyone” which hundreds of near by businesses are posting up in the front windows. A larger sign saying, “Governor Brewer, Veto SB 1062, It’s Bad For Arizona. It’s Bad For Business” is posted on a wall outside of FastSigns in Downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

The Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Apple Inc., Intel, and the Chief Executive Officer of American Airlines Group Inc. are all urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto Senate Bill 1062.

Also, the Arizona Cardinals, the Phoenix Suns, the Phoenix Mercury, and the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee are all urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto Senate Bill 1062.

Some Republican senators who voted in favor of Senate Bill 1062, including a co-sponsor Senator Bob Wersley, have changed their minds about Senate Bill 1062.

In a letter address to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, the letter states, “Dear Governor Brewer: At the core of our great nation’s foundation is the principle of religious freedom and tolerance. As Arizona State Senators, we have sought to defend and safeguard these constitutionally guaranteed liberties against any erosion. The state legislature has recently passed SB1062, exercise of religion; state action, which is intended to protect all individuals’ free exercise of their religious beliefs. While our sincere intent in Voting for this bill was to create a shield for all citizens’ religious liberties, the bill has instead been mischaracterized by its opponents as a sword for religious intolerance. These allegations are causing our state immeasurable harm. As Arizona leaders We feel it is important to loudly proclaim that We strongly condemn discrimination in any form. We must send a clear message that Arizona is a state that values religious tolerance and protects and values each individual’s ability to follow the dictates of their own conscience. We respectfully ask that you veto SB1062.” The letter was signed by Senator Adam for District 28, Senator Steve Pierce for District 1, and Senator Bob Wersley for District 2 of Arizona, they are urging Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto Senate Bill 1062.

United States Senator John McCain tweeted, “I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062.”

Arizona Representative Ron Barber tweeted, “#SB1062 goes to @GovBrewer’s desk this week. I urge Gov. Brewer to veto this offensive bill immediately.”

According to Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, Senate Bill 1062 should be vetoed and that he would try to create some kind of consensus legislation to protect religious liberty.

Supports of Senate Bill 1062 are saying that inaccurate information about Senate Bill 1062 is igniting the national uproar and argue that Senate Bill 1062 is designed only to protect business owners with strong religious beliefs from discrimination lawsuits that have happened in other states in the pass.

In a statement by the Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod, “The attacks on SB 1062 show politics at its absolute worse. They represent precisely why so many people are sick of the modern political debate. Instead of having an honest discussion about the true meaning of religious liberty, opponents of the bill have hijacked this discussion through lies, personal attacks, and irresponsible reporting. Our elected leaders have a fundamental duty to protect the religious freedom of every Arizonan, and that’s what SB 1062 is all about. Simply put, the fear-mongering from opponents is unrelated to the language of the bill, and proves that hostility towards people of faith is very real. It’s a shame we even need a bill like this in America. But growing hostility against freedom in our nation, and the increasing use of government to threaten and punish its own citizens, has made it necessary. “I urge Governor Brewer to send a clear message to the country that in Arizona, everyone, regardless of their faith, will be protected in Arizona by signing SB 1062.”

According to an attorney for the Alliance Defending Freedom Kellie Fiedorek, Senate Bill 1062 has nothing to do with discrimination and that Senate Bill 1062 is protecting basic freedoms that belong to everyone.

Arizona Candidate Andrew Thomas wrote on his Facebook page, “I support Senate Bill 1062 and urge Governor Brewer to sign it.”

The Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will will reportedly spend the next few days pondering Senate Bill 1062 before deciding whether to sign Senate Bill 1062 or veto Senate Bill 1062 and will make her decision reportedly before the end of the week.

** You can read Senate Bill 1062 at the following Arizona Legislature website address: **

http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=1062&Session_Id=112&image.x=0&image.y=0

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