Arizona's Republican Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed the state's controversial bill that would have let businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians on religious grounds. She told reporters in a brief statement Wednesday evening in Phoenix that she found the controversial bill, approved by the state legislature, did not address any legitimate religious freedom concerns and could divide the state. "I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 could create more problems than it purports to solve," she said. The bill had been roundly condemned by a broad coalition of members of her own party — including both of Arizona's GOP senators, plus a trio of state lawmakers who had actually voted for the bill before having a change of heart — and by major companies doing business in the state, among them Apple, Delta, Intel and Major League Baseball.
Ariz. Governor Vetoes Controversial Anti-Gay Bill
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer speaks to reporters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Wednesday, April 25, 2012, after the court's hearing on Arizona's "show me your papers" immigration law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Updated at 2:23 AM PDT on Thursday, Feb 27, 2014