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  • Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Vetoes SB 1062

    (CNN) -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said Wednesday that she has vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

  • Businesses Lash Out Over Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill

    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Businesses are lashing out over an Arizona bill that would allow retailers to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender customers based on the owners' religious convictions.

  • Clinton Lauds Arizona Veto In Speech Targeting Young Voters

    ORLANDO (CNN) -- Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton didn't wait long to applaud the veto of an Arizona law that would have allowed businesses that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and lesbian customers.

  • Court Asked to Merge Arizona Same-Sex Marriage Cases

    PHOENIX (AP) - Lawyers for plaintiffs in one of two pending lawsuits challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage are asking a federal court to combine the suits into one case.

  • Fate of Arizona Anti-Gay Measure Rests With Jan Brewer

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- To veto or not to veto: It's up to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer.

  • Four Couples File Class-Action Lawsuit To Make Same-Sex Marriage Legal in Arizona

    PHOENIX - Four couples have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking to make same-sex marriage legal in Arizona.

  • Group Challenges AZ Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

    Phoenix (KPHO) -- Lambda Legal, a group fighting for the civil rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Phoenix challenging Arizona's ban on same-sex marriage.

  • How Corporate America Forced Arizona Bill’s Veto

    When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

  • In Depth: Gov. Jan Brewer Vetoes Religious Bias Bill

    Republican Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed the religious bias bill.

    Nearly all political pundits were predicting she would veto the bill allowing people to discriminate based on self-claimed religious beliefs. On Wednesday, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney joined the chorus of prominent Republicans who said she should.

  • Jan Brewer's Successor Probably Won't Be As Flamboyant

    (CNN) -- It's not clear who might try to succeed Jan Brewer as governor of Arizona next year, but chances are good that whoever it is won't be quite as flamboyant.

    The finger-wagging, gun-loving politician, known as a firebrand who exhibits flashes of moderation, announced on Wednesday that she would "pass the torch of leadership" and not run for reelection. Her term ends in January.

  • Op-Ed: Closed For Business – Arizona In The 21st Century

    The recent debacle pretending as legislation in Arizona has thrown a wrench into our trip planning. We have planned a trip that includes almost a month in Arizona, the home of a newly passed law allowing legal discrimination of gays. Leaving it to a service provider’s religious beliefs to decide whoever that may be. Though the legislation has not been signed into law by the governor as of this writing, the intent remains.

  • Op-Ed: Why I Put That Sign In My Pizzeria Window

    Editor's note: Rocco DiGrazia describes himself as a "failed anthropologist and thwarted musician, but a decent father and passable pizzaiolo." He owns Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria in Tucson, Arizona, and is married with two children.

  • Religious Freedom Bill Riles Gay Rights Supporters

    PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Legislature gave final approval to legislation that allows business owners asserting their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, drawing backlash from Democrats who called the proposal "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.

  • Romney Weighs In, Obama Silent On Arizona SB1062

    (CNN) -- Former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has joined calls from key Republicans urging Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that critics say would codify discrimination against gays and lesbians in that state.

  • Wilton Manors Mayor Urges Arizona Gov. To Veto Anti-Gay Bill

    Reprinted in it's entirety:

    February 25, 2014

    VIA FACSIMILE & ELECTRONIC MAIL

    The Honorable Jan Brewer
    Arizona Governor
    Executive Tower
    1700 West Washington Street
    Phoenix, AZ 85007

    Dear Governor Brewer:

    I strongly encourage you to oppose SB 1062, which would allow business owners to turn away gay and lesbian consumers. While I have never written to another State’s Governor about legislation under consideration, this Bill has the potential to serve as dangerous precedent for the entire country.

    Your leadership in vetoing the Bill would send a clear and unequivocal message that discrimination against any person will not be encouraged, supported or defended in the State of Arizona. As Governor of one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse states in this country, please declare that you will not stand by and allow hatred and discrimination to be permitted on your watch! Does Arizona really want to propel our nation toward more divisiveness?  

    The City of Wilton Manors, Florida, and our greater metropolitan area, consisting of nearly 2 million people, celebrate our diversity. While we may have significant differences and do not always agree, we realize that by working together, we can achieve more for our entire community. Arizona does not need to be labeled as the first state in the country to enshrine in its laws permission and acceptance to hate and to cast aside the GLBT community.

    Certainly, from an economic standpoint, it does not make sense for businesses to turn away an entire segment of consumers, particularly such a strong economic segment as GLBT consumers and business owners.  I have had the privilege of working with many elected officials from Arizona through the National League of Cities and other national organizations. We have excellent working relationships. I cannot imagine that I would not be welcome to do business in your State because of my sexual orientation. There are hundreds of valid arguments why SB 1062 is bad policy, but the bottom line, it’s just plain wrong.  Thank you for your consideration.

    Respectfully yours,

    Gary Resnick
    Mayor

    cc:          City Commission

             City Manager

             Executive Director, National League of Cities