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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Mar 7, 2014

Last Wednesday, February 26th, 2014, Arizona Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses the right to deny services to gay and lesbian patrons on the basis of the religious beliefs of business owners.

In her statement regarding the decision to veto SB 1062, Governor Brewer noted that she had “not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated… The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.”

Brewer also stated:

“My agenda is to sign into law legislation that advances Arizona. When I addressed the legislation earlier this year, I made my priorities for this session abundantly clear…

Among them are passing a responsible budget that continues Arizona’s economic comeback. From CEOs to entrepreneurs, to business surveys, Arizona ranks as one of the best states to grow or start a business.”

Read the full transcription of Governor Brewer’s statement here.

While most people would assume that the decision was only fueled by politics, many are also under the assumption that the Governor moved on economics: With the 2015 Super Bowl taking place at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, it would have been an awful decision to pass a bill as controversial as SB 1062.

Leading up to the veto, the NFL stated, “Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and probity discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard… We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.”

The NFL isn’t the only group to chime in regarding the recent decision. Celebrities, reality TV stars, and politicians alike have all made statements or tweets celebrating the veto.