February 25th, 2014
01:42 PM ET
5 months ago

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto 'religious freedom' bill

(CNN) – All signs indicate Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will likely veto politically-charged legislation that supporters say promotes religious freedom and opponents contend discriminates against gays and lesbians.

Brewer did not signal her intention either way in an exclusive interview with CNN on Monday at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

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  1. Rudy NYC

    There's an extreme element in this country that thinks "freedom of religion" means that they have the freedom to impose their religion upon everyone else, while daring anyone to question the purity of their motives. Case in point, Rick Santorum. He's on record saying the 1st Amendment is wrong, that religion [read Christianity] should have a major role in government. He's like a great many conservatives. They seem to believe the Bill of Rights begins with the 2nd Amendment.

    February 25, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Tommy G

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto 'religious freedom' bill
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    Brewer did not signal her intention either way in an exclusive interview with CNN on Monday at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.
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    How do you come up with this headline and then say the next statement? Playing games???

    February 25, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  3. Boomer in Mo

    Well, that would be good. Just how to you tell if someone who wanders into your store is gay anyway. You might think they "look" gay, but they aren't, or you might think they are straight, and they aren't. And would a Baptist Store owner decide to kick Methodists out because they don't require immersion baptism. And how do you tell if someone is a Methodist...

    February 25, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    If Jan vetoes this republican insanity, she might save the dying Arizona Republican Party for a few years.

    February 25, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. CB FL

    I think if she signs this bill she and everyone that voted for this should have to pay to defend this in a court of law. If this happened you would see less of these kind of insane bills.

    February 25, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Tony

    By vetoing the bill, Gov. Brewer will save Arizona the embarrassment of having its law invalidated by courts.

    February 25, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. Tom

    Another fine corner into which the Republicans have painted themselves. Will they ever learn these extreme positions aren't supported by the majority of voters? In this particular case, there is no chance this law would stand up in the legal system.

    February 25, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    Radical Right code book:
    religious freedom – Christian special treatment and exceptions
    faith based – Christian
    honoring God or believer – specifically Christian person
    family values – Christian conservative family morals
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    This whole bill would never have gone anywhere if they called it honestly what it was – a Christian exception and special treatment bill. I am very suspect of a sub-sect of a religion that has to lie about it's agenda.

    February 25, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. Dallas

    What kind of a moron wrote this stupid bill? Haven't we come past all this foolishness after all these years. Do the right thing here Governor Brewer and veto this piece of garbage.

    February 25, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  10. smith

    This bill was DOA from the start. Only the radical left and right wanted bill to become law so they would have more fodder to fight over.

    February 25, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Tommy G

    Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer expected to veto 'religious freedom' bill

    Brewer did not signal her intention either way in an exclusive interview with CNN on Monday at the National Governors Association meeting in Washington.

    How do you come up with this headline and then say the next statement? Playing games???
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    3 GOP state senators have since reversed their positions since Brewer was interviewed, and are now urging her to veto the bill. I think that's the reason for the confusing headline.

    February 25, 2014 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  12. Boomer in Mo

    The GOP just seems to be generally confused.

    February 25, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  13. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They are not imposing their religion on anybody Rudy. These are the new Jim Crow Laws in the year of our Lord 2014. Gays are the new Blacks (with the occassional Latino thrown in so as not be accused of picking just on gays).
    Come on now. Recognize.
    I am very, very interested to see how Gov. Point-your-arthritic-crooked-finger-in-the-President's-face is going to handle this one.

    February 25, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  14. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Only the radical left and right wanted bill to become law so they would have more fodder to fight over.
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    smith this was a Republcan sponsored bill.
    Where did it say anything about the left (radical or not) being behind it?

    February 25, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    smith

    This bill was DOA from the start. Only the radical left and right wanted bill to become law so they would have more fodder to fight over.
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    Uh, huh. I guess that explains why it was only the right wing and its' radical right wingers who voted for the bill. Many in this group are the same folks who voted to censure, or whatever the called it, John McCain for being too liberal.

    February 25, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  16. tom l

    They are not imposing their religion on anybody Rudy. These are the new Jim Crow Laws in the year of our Lord 2014. Gays are the new Blacks (with the occassional Latino thrown in so as not be accused of picking just on gays).
    Come on now. Recognize.
    I am very, very interested to see how Gov. Point-your-arthritic-crooked-finger-in-the-President's-face is going to handle this one.
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    I'm really surprised to read this from you. To me, you are marginalizing the TRUE struggle that African Americans had where there were actual segregation laws in place. There are no such laws now. And that crooked finger is siding with you. :)

    February 25, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Tampa Tim

    If Jan vetoes this republican insanity, she might save the dying Arizona Republican Party for a few years.
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    I'm still in awe of the fact that not one of these radial legislatures have taken their governor to court for participating in the expansion of Medicare, particularly the Arizona Republican Party after they way they picked on McCain.

    February 25, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. tom l

    Rudy and DMFO,
    It's the Jets vs. the Sharks. Without speaking for smith, I think that's what he means. That's all the repubs and dems do. They even have the crips and bloods colors, too! All they wanna do is pit us against each other and pick which gang to support.

    February 25, 2014 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -tom l

    They are not imposing their religion on anybody Rudy. These are the new Jim Crow Laws in the year of our Lord 2014. Gays are the new Blacks (with the occassional Latino thrown in so as not be accused of picking just on gays).
    Come on now. Recognize.
    I am very, very interested to see how Gov. Point-your-arthritic-crooked-finger-in-the-President's-face is going to handle this one.
    =======
    I'm really surprised to read this from you. To me, you are marginalizing the TRUE struggle that African Americans had where there were actual segregation laws in place. There are no such laws now. And that crooked finger is siding with you.
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    This is an attempt at segregation and discrimination, and using religion of all things to justify it makes it even more pathetic. This just shows how easy it would be to put such laws back into place, and all in the name of protecting religion. I'm surpirsed you don't see it that way.

    February 25, 2014 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. smith

    @Rudy and DM4O- There some on both sides who want dirt and root for crazy things to happend to use them as political weapons.

    February 25, 2014 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Rudy NYC

    smith

    This bill was DOA from the start. Only the radical left and right wanted bill to become law so they would have more fodder to fight over.
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    Uh, huh. I guess that explains why it was only the right wing and its' radical right wingers who voted for the bill. Many in this group are the same folks who voted to censure, or whatever the called it, John McCain for being too liberal.
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    smith's trademark are her "one line" posts.
    They can be very effective if truth is not sacrificed, and if their contents are not allowed to go unchecked and, if necessary, unchallenged.
    Good eye Rudy.

    February 25, 2014 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. carlos

    This law is so unnecessary. Whatever happened to "We reserve the right to refuse service ..."?

    February 25, 2014 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  23. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    There some on both sides who want dirt and root for crazy things to happend to use them as political weapons.
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    No doubt smith, just not in this case.

    February 25, 2014 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  24. rs

    Sorry Smith. No one on the Left in AZ supports this bill. If anything, the protest movements (and there have been large protests daily in Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff) have been organized by the Left. This is a wackadoodle Bill from the usual offenders in our state- Arizona radical Republican/TEA Party members.

    February 25, 2014 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    They are not imposing their religion on anybody Rudy. These are the new Jim Crow Laws in the year of our Lord 2014. Gays are the new Blacks (with the occassional Latino thrown in so as not be accused of picking just on gays).
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    Did you know that many hate groups, the KKK in particular, use verses from The Bible to rationalize their actions?

    February 25, 2014 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
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