Arizona governor Jan Brewer vetoes a bill allowing religious reasons for refusing service to gays.
Gov. Brewer today vetoed a Republican bill that set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination and subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties. Brewer says 'The deal is broadly worded and can result in unintended and negative consequences. After weighing the arguments, I have vetoed senate bill 162 moments ago.'
The bill was designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.
Brewer acknowledged that long held norms about marriage and society are undergoing dramatic changes, but she sincerely believes that senate bill 162 has the potential to create more problems than it intends to solve.
Opponents called it an open attack on gays that invited discrimination.