NBC News: Arizona Governor Jan Brewer ‘Likely to Veto’ Anti-Gay Bill

NBC News is reporting that Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is "likely" to veto SB 1062, the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs, citing three people closet to Brewer.

NBC reports Brewer:

One of those is longtime Brewer political adviser Chuck Coughlin, who told NBC News: “It’s been her proclivity in the past to focus on the priorities she wants them [the legislature] to accomplish, and this was clearly not part of her agenda.”

“She doesn’t want to take any actions that could jeopardize the economic momentum we’ve seen here in Arizona,” said another person close to the governor.

The economic consequences would be vast. In addition to likely losing the Super Bowl, more than 83 companies and business coalitions including Apple and American Airlines have come out against the draconian bill.

Brewer told CNN's Dana Bash yesterday:

“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…I have to look at what it says, and what the law says, and take that information and do the right thing, but I can assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the state of Arizona."


  1. globularcluster says

    Christians and all religious fundies are the ultimate special snowflakes, and what’s even worse is that they arrogantly assume they get to run the world according to their “beliefs”..

  2. SteveDenver says

    Her hair must be planted into her neck. People wonder why the GOP is characterized as stupid and out-of-touch. They wonder why male GOP legislators have no respect for women. She embodies all the answers to those questions.

  3. bobbyjoe says

    The God of most rightwing Christians is actually Money, so it’s all “bible, values, morals, blah, blah, blah” until it looks like it’ll cost them a single penny and then it’s “uh, nevermind.”

    So, yeah, she’ll veto it.

  4. Nick says

    It’s being widely reported that Brewer will veto the bill today by 4:30PM local time in Arizona. There are at least two independent sources, in Arizona government, making this claim.

  5. Francis says

    She’ll veto it, but it ain’t because she’s in any way accepting of LGBT people. Thankfully, with the business community on our side now, states are thinking twice about legislating hate into their constitutions. Unfortunately, the fact is, a lot of hate still exists throughout much of the country.

  6. crispy says

    “She must be weighing its effects on her re-election bid.”

    This is her final term. Although — surprise, surprise — she’s trying to find a way around the state constitution to run for a third term.

  7. RonCharles says

    People all over Arizona are urging Governor Jan Brewer to veto this bill. You can, too.

    In Tucson, call:

    (520) 628-6580

    In Phoenix, call:

    (520) 542-4331

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