Moments after her veto, Gov. Brewer said, "I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated." While speaking with Anderson and NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino, one of SB 1062's backers, state senator Nancy Barto, could not cite a single example.
State Representative Demion Clinco called SB 1062 a "wake up call for Arizona." He also warned that there could be more potentially discriminatory bills coming.
Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney is joining some of the biggest names in the Republican party who are now calling on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto Senate Bill 1062. She has been in Washington and is returning to Phoenix to a string of meetings with SB1062 backers and opponents ready to make their case. Miguel Marquez says her decision could come well before Saturday's deadline.
Many of the lawmakers who voted for Arizona's controversial "anti-gay" bill SB1062 have been reluctant to come on AC360 and defend it. Randi Kaye flew to Phoenix to speak to some of them face-to-face.
Rep. Sonny Borrelli laid out a scenario where SB1062 would protect a gay-owned printing company that does not want to do work for a group like the Westboro Baptist Church. NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino speaks to Anderson and explains why he disagrees with that comparison.
The type of protests we are seeing in Arizona could soon be coming to other states. The special interest groups that helped write SB1062 are also behind another controversial "religious freedom" bill in Ohio. Anderson compares the legal language in the two bills and finds they are nearly identical.
Defenders of SB1062 say the controversial bill is necessary to protect religious freedom. There are plenty of opponents who say it does the opposite, with some even arguing the bill goes against Holy Scripture. Reverend Troy Mendez is the Dean of the Episcopal Cathedral in Phoenix and tells Anderson "we believe we are to seek and serve Christ in all people."
SB-1062 is now sitting on Arizona Governor Jan Brewer's desk. It is being called both pro-religion and anti-gay. She has until Saturday to act. Arizona's two Republican U.S. Senators are urging her to veto it. So are groups of protesters outside the State Capitol. CNN's Dana Bash caught up with Governor Brewer in Washington for an exclusive interview.
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