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originally posted in:Sociopaths United
2/27/2014 4:33:36 AM
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Arizona Discrimination Bill Vetoed!

[quote]Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday she has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed religious beliefs as a defense for denying service to gays and others. Brewer, who spent several days considering whether to sign the bill, said it had "the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want." Democrats and civil rights groups opposed the measure backed by social conservatives, saying it would allow discriminatory actions by businesses and hurt the state's economy by driving away business. Several prominent Republicans also had urged Brewer in recent days to reject the bill in recent days. Among the first to congratulate Brewer for her decision Wednesday was Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, who had urged her to veto the measure. "I appreciate the decision made by Governor Brewer to veto this legislation. I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and assure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful State of Arizona," McCain said in a statement. The Arizona Legislature passed the bill last week allowing businesses whose owners cite sincerely held religious beliefs to deny service to gays and others. It allows any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any action brought by the government or individual claiming discrimination. The legislation caused a national uproar, with the business community, the state's Super Bowl Committee and both Republican U.S. senators calling for a veto. Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney also weighed in and urged Brewer to veto the bill. Brewer's announcement came hours after Major League Baseball and the National Football League joined a growing chorus of business organizations denouncing or expressing strong reservations about the legislation. Echoing calls for Arizona boycotts previously stirred by Brewer's support for tough measures to clamp down on illegal immigration, the Hispanic National Bar Association also said on Wednesday that its board had voted unanimously to pull its annual convention from Phoenix in light of last week's passage of the bill. In her remarks to reporters, Brewer said the bill "does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated." She also said it was "broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences."[/quote]Today, another victory for tolerance and freedom has been won.
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  • It's cOLD in here. [spoiler]But seriously it's freezing In my dorm[/spoiler]
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    • Sucks for them I guess.
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    • Edited by HurtfulTurkey: 2/27/2014 4:50:23 AM
      Yeah, no shit. She vetoed the exact same bill last year. This was all hyped up for no reason. This was never a homosexuality issue. The same bill would have let people refuse service to hate groups like Westboro or KKK on grounds that hateful behavior is against their religion.
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      • I only read until the part where they said it would hurt the economy by driving business away, cause Im a lazy ass. LGBT dont even make up 6% of the population. Yeah, thats gon' hurt economy m'kay? Gays should have the same rights as straight people. But thats cause they are human, not because it would "hurt the economy".
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        • Only because they were risking losing the Super Bowl next year and thus tons of money. If I were selfish I'd have said I wish she did sign it, if they lost the SB it would have likely moved here to Tampa.
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        • it bugs me that people say that this was nothing to worry about. sure, we knew brewer wasnt going to sign it, but im more concerned with the people who authored the bill and those that put them in office.
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        • Don't remind I live here but she veto the bill.
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        • Awesome.
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        • Arizona is a joke This bill was a joke Anti-gays are a joke But the thing is the punch lines have always been horribly stupid
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        • I'll just link to my response to this from the [url=http://www.bungie.net/en/Forum/Post?id=63831591&path=1]other thread[/url] about this.
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          • Edited by Methew: 2/27/2014 4:56:40 AM
            inb4cromy? Should have inb4PSU and inb4Yishae as well. I can see their posts now... [i]'Muh religion! Dey persecuting me!'[/i]
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            • I kept saying that people were idiots for even worrying about this in the least.. Some people are just so drama queenish.. its sad. Brewer has been pretty good to Arizona and wouldn't do something as foolish as signing a retarded bill.
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            • Who cares... Reported for spam
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              • Door sourcing FOX? What is happening in the world?!
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