February 25th, 2014
10:58 AM ET

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Weighs Options on Anti-Gay Measure

To veto or not to veto: It's up to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

She must decide if she is going to sign into law legislation that would allow business owners, as long as they assert their religious beliefs, to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

If she approves it, the state could face litigation and a boycott, potentially harming Arizona's economy and tourism industry as well as next year's Super Bowl.

In an exclusive interview with CNN's Dana Bash on Monday, Brewer addressed the aspects she must consider.

"I have a history of deliberating and having an open dialogue on bills that are controversial, to listen to both sides of those issues, and I welcome the input and information that they can provide to me. And certainly I am pro-business, and that is what's turning our economy around, so I appreciate their input, as I appreciate the other side," she said.

Speaking on "New Day," Arizona Senator John McCain said he does not believe she should pass the bill in the state.

"We welcome all people of all persuasions," he said. "This is not the message we want to send."

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  1. Sally Wells

    Chuck, all good points. Would you also include a religious org. say, "Born Again Arizonans for JC" to refuse employment to a mail room clerk who was a follower of islam? I'm against the bill, BUT I'd like to see it played out to the Sup Crt to get a judgement on what are the boundaries of discrimination under the cloak of religious conviction.

    February 25, 2014 at 11:57 am | Reply
  2. Dennis Rahkonen

    In Germany, a Christian populace once felt it had Holy sanction to persecute Jews.

    In Uganda today, hysteria generated largely by U.S. evangelical missionaries threatens to unleash a wholesale pogrom against that nation's homosexuals.

    In Arizona, certain Christian business people seek to deny service to the LGBT community, for precisely the same supremacist reason that bigotry and segregation heaped shame upon white Dixie in direct proportion to the discrimination endured by Jim Crow-era blacks.

    Gov. Brewer:

    If you cherish equality, have an accurate sense of Christ's solidarity with the oppressed, and simply feel compelled to do the right thing, please veto the travesty that is on the cusp of becoming reality in your state, which would certainly be targeted by a major vacationer/consumer boycott should it do so.

    February 25, 2014 at 11:55 am | Reply
  3. Lizard ZX-2 Cyber

    The GOP. America's Clown Party.

    February 25, 2014 at 11:41 am | Reply
  4. Chuck Anziulewicz

    All the bakeries and photographers and caterers that people think are being so horribly put-upon? They aren't in the business of providing spiritual guidance or enforcing moral doctrines. They are there to turn a profit. As such, they are obligated to abide by prevailing civil rights laws, whether those laws protect people from discrimination based on race, religion, or sexual orientation.

    Should a restaurant owner be able to refuse service to Blacks because he has "moral objections" to race-mixing? Should an employer be able to fire a Muslim employee because he wants to run "a nice Christian workplace"? And if a Christian florist agrees to provide flower arrangements at a Muslim couple's wedding, do it mean he is necessarily endorsing Islam?

    If the answer to these questions is NO, what justification is there refusing service to a Gay couple who wish to get a wedding cake or celebrate their anniversary in a restaurant? Does this bill allow people to use "religious freedom" as a justification for discriminating against ANY customer, or does it just single out Gay citizens?

    Either way, it's going to cause tourism in Arizona to TANK ... which is why Jan Brewer will veto this odious bill.

    February 25, 2014 at 11:05 am | Reply

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