John M. Becker

NBC, CNN: Brewer Likely to Veto AZ Gay Hate Bill

Filed By John M. Becker | February 25, 2014 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: anti-discrimination law, Arizona, corporate equality, Jan Brewer, religious exemption, religious privilege, Republican Party, special rights

jan-brewer-3.jpgWith pressure mounting from political, business, and civil rights leaders, Arizona's Tea Party Republican Governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a bill that would legalize religion-based anti-LGBT discrimination in that state.

CNN reports:

[Some] some Arizona Republicans who know her well say they are confident those comments mean Brewer will almost surely reject the bill that is generating nationwide controversy...

Arizona GOP sources say Brewer considers herself a pro-business governor -- someone who above all else wants to protect and promote Arizona's economic interests. They say she knows full well there will be economic consequences for the state if it has a law on the books perceived to effectively codify discrimination...

Sources say she is concerned about this bill taking away from other issues she is now pressing, such as overhauling Arizona's child protective services system.

NBC is naming names:

One of those [sources] 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 National Football League and the Arizona Cardinals joined the chorus of voices condemning the state's proposed "turn away the gays" bill today, adding credence to the rumors that approval of the bill might jeopardize the 2015 Super Bowl, currently scheduled to be held outside Phoenix.

Their statements are after the jump.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:

"Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time."

The Arizona Cardinals:

"What so many love about football is its ability to bring people together. We do not support anything that has the potential to divide, exclude and discriminate. As a prominent and highly-visible member of this community, we strive to bring positive attention to the state. We are concerned with anything that creates a negative perception of Arizona and those of us who are fortunate to call it home."

And as we've already noted here at Bilerico, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee condemned SB 1062 in a statement yesterday:

We share the NFL's core values which embrace tolerance, diversity, inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination. In addition, a key part of the mission for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is to promote the economic vitality of Arizona. On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential. We do not support this legislation. Instead, we look forward to continuing to promote the NFL's values while focusing on the economic momentum apparent in Arizona and capturing the positive worldwide attention associated with hosting Super Bowl XLIX.

All eyes are on you, Jan Brewer. Will you do the right thing?

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