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Commentary: Reactions mixed to veto of proposed Arizona law

8:15 PM, Feb. 27, 2014  |  Comments
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Facing intense pressure from political and business interests and a growing public outcry, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that she had vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays and others based on religious beliefs. Reaction to the legislation ranges from relief to indignation. Here is what some people are saying:

"Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes. However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve."

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer

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"It is truly a tragic day in our state and nation when lies and personal attacks can over shadow the truth."

Center for Arizona Policy President Cathi Herrod, who supports the bill

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"When the legislature passes bills like this, it creates a reputation that Arizona is judgmental and unwelcoming. This will haunt our business community for decades to come."

A letter that more than 80 businesses sent to Gov. Brewer on Monday

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I cannot imagine how that law would withstand the scrutiny of the supreme court of the United States, so I would hope that she'll (Brewer) make the right decision."

Secretary of State John Kerry

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"We strongly support the right of every person to exercise their religious beliefs, but religious freedom doesn't give any of us the right to harm others. The massive public opposition to this, as well as several other failed bills across the country, shows that Americans of all political persuasions and religions feel the same way."

Eunice Rho, advocacy and policy counsel with the American Civil Liberties Union

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"Freedom loses when fear overwhelms facts and a good bill is vetoed. Today's veto enables the foes of faith to more easily suppress the freedom of the people of Arizona."

Doug Napier, an attorney representing the Alliance Defending Freedom, which helped craft the bill

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