In Phoenix and Tucson, protests were held against the bill.
Major protests took place this evening in Phoenix and Tucson in opposition to the bill passed by the Arizona legislature that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs. CNN’s AC360 led off their show live from the protests in Phoenix.
Also on CNN, Anderson Cooper grilled one of the Arizona GOP reps supporting the bill. It’s amazing – he just sticks to his talking points and refuses to admit the bill could be used to ban anyone other than LGBT folks from any business in the state. Joe.My.God tipped us to this one.
Meanwhile, AZ Senator John McCain’s daughter Meghan is appalled. Joe.My.God reports on her tweets:
“The state that I grew up in and love so much is literally making discriminating against citizens legal. HOW IS THIS AMERICAN OR RIGHT?” and “The Arizona legislature should be ashamed of themselves. This bill is un-American and embarrassing for all of Arizona and the country.” and finally “@GovBrewer please do the right thing for ALL Arizonans and veto SB 1062 or be the governor remembered for legalizing discrimination.”
Meanwhile, the Treasurer and Secretary of state (both Republicans) are also urging the Governor to veto the bill.
LGBTQ Nation reports:
Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, say a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed. Bennett and Ducey join the growing list of state leaders and Republican gubernatorial candidates who say Gov. Jan Brewer should veto the bill, SB 1062, that was passed in the state legislature this week.
And the same article cites the economic damage the bill is already doing before being signed into law:
Barry Broome, President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council, said his office had quick reaction to the bill, telling KPHO-TV that four companies considering expansion in the Phoenix area have crossed Arizona off their lists. Another business that was planning to invest $100 million in the state has put its deal on hold, and two companies indicated today that they’ve been fired, because the clients don’t want to do business in Arizona, said Broome. Broome said the controversial bill will complicate the state’s brand, just as it is gearing up to host next year’s Super Bowl. “If the governor doesn’t veto this bill, the effect on Arizona will be instantaneous and devastating,” he said.
Arizona’s other US Senator, Jeff Flake, tweeted his opposition too.
“I hope Governor Brewer vetoes SB 1062.” Flake is no ally of the LGBT community and has a 0% rating from the Human Rights Campaign. But to my mind that only makes today’s move only more important as it probably comes from the standpoint of what the bill could mean for Arizona’s economy.
So what will Brewer do? AZCentral looks for clues:
The Republican governor plans to meet with advisers in and out of her office, members of the business community, lawmakers and others as she weighs whether to sign the bill into law, her advisers said. “They’ll go over every aspect of the bill — the pros and the cons, the risks — all of it,” said one insider familiar with the inner workings of the Governor’s Office and how Brewer approaches legislation. “In this instance, you have a bill that had a party-line vote. It puts her in a difficult spot.” Brewer was in Washington, D.C., attending a conference of governors and wasn’t expected to return until Tuesday. But some factions set to work Friday attempting to influence her decision.
According to AZCentral, the bill would likely actually reach her desk Monday, s I guess that gives her until Friday to make the decision?