"My agenda is to sign into law legislation that advances Arizona," Brewer says. The meat of her statement is here:
Senate Bill 1062 does not address a specific and present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona. I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated. The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences.
After weighing all of the arguments, I vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago. To the supporters of the legislation, I want you to know that I understand that long-held norms about marriage and family are being challenged as never before.
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. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and no one would ever want.
Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value, so is non-discrimination.
You can hear the crowd cheering outside the Arizona state capitol building—and Brewer exits without taking questions from the press. Brewer's statement was tough and very critical of backers of the bill. She asked them for examples of persons being discriminated against because they oppose marriage equality and the bill's backers couldn't provide her with a single example. The proposed law could've lead to conflict and chaos, Brewer said, but now it's toast.
UPDATE: Brewer tweeted out a picture of her vetoing the bill...
Moments ago, I vetoed #SB1062. pic.twitter.com/gdQn0dG2vB
— Jan Brewer (@GovBrewer) February 27, 2014
Lots of positive comments in reaction to Brewer's tweet. But the haters and idiots—Joe Walsh!—are making their displeasure known in her Twitter feed.
@GovBrewer Time for you to to resign - a disgrace to America.
— Nat Johnson (@rockportbasset) February 27, 2014
Way to make this all about you. You caved to big business. RT@GovBrewer Moments ago, I vetoed #SB1062. pic.twitter.com/WxqBKJxx9l
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) February 27, 2014
@GovBrewer That's because you're a cowardly non-conservative and you just killed any chance you'll ever have at a national role in #GOP.
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) February 27, 2014
And despite the drama and the veto... it is still perfectly legal to fire someone for being gay, lesbian, bi, or trans in Arizona and it's still perfectly legal for business owners in Arizona to refuse to serve LGBT customers. Still, victory!