Arizona Governor Jan Brewer Denies She’s Decided on Anti-Gay Bill, Says She’ll ‘Do the Right Thing’

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer yesterday returned to the state of Arizona amid a furor over SB 1062, the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays.

2_brewerIt's not known if Brewer will wait until the very last minute to decide what to do with the bill but she seems to be enjoying the national spotlight it is giving her.

After reports yesterday from sources to NBC News that she would "likely" veto the bill, she again took power back into her own hands, instructing a spokesperson to deny she had made a decision:

"Governor Brewer hasn’t yet made a decision," a Brewer spokesperson said in an email to Business Insider Tuesday. "The Senate transmitted its bill to our office yesterday while the Governor was in DC. When she returns, she will take the time necessary to thoroughly review and evaluate the legislation before taking action."

And she tweeted again late last night: "I assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the State of Arizona. #SB1062"


  1. John Freeman says

    If she wants to do the right thing for Arizona, she should resign. I love that photograph. Thanks to Photoshop, she looks beautiful – not the withered crone we know her to be.

  2. e.c. says

    Jan, the fact that it’s taking you this long to decide what the “right” thing to do is tells us all we need to know. This shouldn’t even be a close call for any rational thinking person.

  3. KevinSF says

    She is a moron bought and paid for to do the bidding of Arizona’s elderly (55-100 years old) Republican bigot brigade. An ever shrinking constituency that is scared shitless of gays and brown people.

  4. AJ says

    Will I be allowed to see the Grand Canyon if this passes? I haven’t seen it yet. I would be sorely disappointed if I showed up and the park has a great big “NO HOMOS” sign by it.

  5. Joe in Ct says

    AJ, Oh you’ll still be able to see the Grand Canyon. It’s a Federal Park and there’s always Google Earth if you decide to boycott the state. But if this law passes you may not be able to stay in a motel near the canyon or find a place to have dinner if your sexuality happens to offend the bigots who provide services there. Personally, I’ll be skipping the state entirely.

  6. MiddleoftheRoader says

    The woman happens to be an intellectual idiot and morally bankrupt. She also has no compassion, despite having one son in a mental institution and another son who was gay and died of AIDS. But she knows how to play politics.

    However, apart from the religious right in Arizona, no one is now publicly promoting this bill. Every major politician, Dem or Rep, is publicly asking her to veto it (including the 2 US Senators McCain and Flake, Mitt Romney, etc). The business community in Arizona is more united and vocal on this issue than almost any other issue — businesses with HQs in Arizona or large offices here or planned to be here have demanded a veto (USAir/American Airlines, PetSmart, Apple, Intel, Yelp). Every major Arizona Chamber of Commerce (Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff), the Arizona Tech Council (representing Honeywell, Raytheon, Ernst & Young, etc) are calling for a veto. The professional sports teams here (the NFL Arizona Cardinals, the NBA Phoenix Suns, the WBA Phoenix Mercury, etc) have asked for a veto. Most of the Black and Hispanic community wants a veto.

    But what she really cares about most is losing the 2015 NFL Super Bowl and the 2016 NCAA national college football championship game. If any reader here hasn’t done this yet call TODAY the NFL (212-450-2000) and the NCAA (317-917-6222) and ask them to remove the Super Bowl (NFL) and 2016 college football championship game (NCAA) from Arizona.

    Still, we win either way: if she vetoes, we win. And if she signs, we win — BECAUSE THIS LAW WILL THEN BE PETITIONED TO A VOTER REFERENDUM IN NOVEMBER, and with all of the business community and others against it (and potential loss of future Super Bowl and other events), we will win this referendum by a landslide.

    By the way, Arizona is fairly conservative, but more libertarian and far less religious (it’s one of the least religious states in the US). For the most part, people are friendly and live-and-let-live. The polls here show that 75% of the population wants a veto.

  7. Paul R says

    She’s stupid but she’s not an idiot. No way will she not veto it. If she does, she’s a winner, in line with the views of just about everyone. If she doesn’t, she’s a pariah.

    The political calculus involved isn’t too complex.

  8. Kenneth says

    AJ, yes, and you should! Just make sure you stay within the park, which is jointly managed by the National Park Service and Native American tribes, and assuming you are traveling to a major city to get there…fly into Las Vegas.

  9. Jude says

    Jan, think about this: These bigoted businesses have no problem taking high-interest credit cards from consumers, yet they don’t want to serve everybody. JESUS was crystal clear about usury.

  10. Bill says

    @Simon: my counter wisecrack is that she would push that button thinking it was to order coffee.

    Jokes aside, what she is probably “thinking about” is how to spin an announcement on what she has already decided in order to gain the maximum benefit from the announcement and mitigate any downside among the bigot brigade.

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