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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes religious freedom bill

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Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced late Wednesday that she had vetoed a bill in the state legislature that would protect religious freedoms but had been labeled as “anti-gay.”

“Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona,” Brewer said. “I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated.

“The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences,” Brewer continued. “After weighing all of the arguments, I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago.”

Brewer acknowledged proponents beliefs about gay marriage, but said she believed SB 1062 would “create more problems than it purports to solve.

“Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value,” Brewer continued. “So is non-discrimination.”

Brewer had received pressure from both sides of the debate, including the state's U.S. senators, religious groups and the NFL, which threatened to pull the Super Bowl from the state in 2015.

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