No Service: Controversial anti-gay bill stopped by governor
PHOENIX – A controversial bill that would have allowed business owners in Arizona to refuse service to customers based on their sexual orientation has been vetoed by that state’s governor.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has put a stop to Senate Bill 1062.
The so-called “Religious Freedom Bill” would have allowed businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians.
Supporters of the bill say the legislation would have protected their religious freedom, but critics of the bill say it would legalize discrimination.
The bill has caused a bit of dissension among residents in the state.
However, Gov. Brewer says she hopes reconciliation will come soon for the state.
She says her goal was to simply do what is right and advance Arizona.
Other states like Georgia, Kansas and Missouri are looking to pass a similar law.