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Arizona governor vetoes expansion of religious freedom protections

Catholic World News - February 27, 2014

Following intense pressure from gay advocacy organizations and some political and business leaders, Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona vetoed a bill that would have expanded religious freedom protections in the state.

The bill would have extended religious freedom protections to every “individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity” where current law mentions only “a religious assembly or institution.”

The Arizona Catholic Conference had supported the measure, which passed by margins of 33-27 in the state house and 17-13 in the state senate-- though three legislators who voted for the bill have changed their position on the issue in recent days, according to the Associated Press.

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  • Posted by: Art Kelly - Feb. 27, 2014 11:40 PM ET USA

    Governor Brewer's veto of this important bill is an outrage! Many homosexuals and their liberal allies have great INTOLERANCE for the religious convictions of Christians and others!

  • Posted by: Defender - Feb. 27, 2014 10:02 PM ET USA

    The small businesses are most hurt by this veto and it, once again, shows the power of big business on our government and how little religion impacts the machine.

  • Posted by: unum - Feb. 27, 2014 5:50 PM ET USA

    I agree with Savonarola. The Governor had two plausible reasons to veto - no threat yet to freedom of Religion in AZ, and the "rush job" on the legislation that could have unforeseen consequences. But, the threats from "the business community" drowned out the legislative concerns and made the veto a political fiasco. In today's U.S. politics, money trumps morality every time, and "we the people" lose to the wishes of big business!

  • Posted by: Leopardi - Feb. 27, 2014 5:46 PM ET USA

    Do we really want to protect bigotry (that's what this law's really about) in the name of religious freedom ? I think not. Let's stay on the high moral road, "loving the sinner and hating (only) the sin". The Govenor did the right thing.

  • Posted by: Savonarola - Feb. 27, 2014 11:20 AM ET USA

    She caved to the financial pressures and threats. In a secularized society, it's the money that counts, not morality.

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