PHOENIX, Arizona (NBC News) – While the fight over Arizona Senate Bill 1062 is over, the fallout is not.
As business and political leaders stepped up their pressure and lawmakers who had voted for the measure stepped away, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed the religious freedoms measure that many argued would codify discrimination against gays and lesbians.
“I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner’s religious liberty has been violated,” Governor Brewer said after vetoing the bill. “The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and and negative consequences.”
Opponents called the bill a thinly veiled measure allowing businesses to refuse services to gay and lesbian customers, or anyone else.
Still, those who supported the legislation aren’t going silent.
“This is about denying me as a Christian my right to exercise my conscience,” argues former Arizona Senate Majority Leader Russell Pearce.