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Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes 'anti-gay' bill

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes SB1062 Ms Brewer said she vetoed the bill because it had the "potential to create more problems that it purports to solve"

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have allowed business who cited their religious beliefs to turn away gay customers.

Ms Brewer said the bill could have had "unintended and negative consequences".

It was touted as a religious liberty protection by social conservatives. Its opponents denounced it as legalising anti-gay discrimination.

Business groups warned it would tarnish the state's reputation and discourage companies from moving to the state.

'Creates problems'

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday afternoon, Ms Brewer, a Republican, said the bill did not "address a specific or present concern related to religious liberty in Arizona".

"I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated," she said of the bill, which passed the state legislature last week with the strong backing of the state's Republican Party.

Ms Brewer spent Wednesday huddling with both supporters and opponents of the bill and said she had vetoed it because she believed it had "the potential to create more problems that it purports to solve".

In doing so, Ms Brewer sided with the business community - including firms such as Intel, Yelp, Marriott and Major League Baseball and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce.

Loud cheers erupted outside the Arizona capitol building immediately after the governor announced the veto.

Even as the federal government, the courts, other states and US public opinion increasingly back same-sex marriage and gay rights, some states have seen the makings of a backlash, analysts say.

"Religious liberty" bills similar to the Arizona measure have been introduced in seven other US states, but Arizona's was the only legislature to send a bill to the governor.

All but three Republicans in the state legislature voted in favour of the proposal, known as SB1062, but some Republican state senators who voted for the bill subsequently called for a veto.

"We were uncomfortable with it to start with and went along with it thinking it was good for the caucus," Senator Steve Pierce told the Associated Press news agency on Monday.

"We really didn't want to vote for it. But we made a mistake, and now we're trying to do what's right and correct it."

'Sincerely held beliefs'

But supporters, framing it as only a modest update on the state's existing religious freedom law, had pushed her to sign it in support of religious liberty.

The president of a conservative policy organisation that backed the bill said Ms Brewer's veto "marks a sad day for Arizonans who cherish and understand religious liberty".

"Opponents were desperate to distort this bill rather than debate the merits," Center for Arizona Policy president Cathi Herrod said in statement. "Essentially, they succeeded in getting a veto of a bill that does not even exist."

The bill would have expanded the state's religious liberty law to include added protection from lawsuits for individuals or businesses that cite their "sincerely held" religious beliefs as motivating factors.

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The problem has become that sexual deviancy has now been made to trump the First Amendment.

if Christians actually loved the enemies of their theology and morals and family values and actually did what st. Paul did to esteem others higher than self then they would serve GAYS gladly and actually act like and be Children of GOD Matt 5:44

So, forcing someone to attend a gay wedding against their conscience is acceptable to you?

People cannot help the color of their skin.  Being a homosexual is a choice.  I would assume your analogy would be most offensive to black people.

Do you think this is true in all cases, being a choice? My jury is  still out, I have a hard time understanding how a person can wake up one morning and chose to be homosexual, unless this is something they’ve surpass over time. I know of little children that have grown up to be this way, but they exhibited tendencies at a very young age.

The human challenge is as human beings how do we relate to this in society?  Jesus said

In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

(CNN) -- A day after Uganda passed harsh anti-gay laws, a tabloid newspaper came out with a list of what it called the country's top homosexuals…On Monday, President Yoweri Museveni signed into law a bill that made some homosexual acts punishable by life in prison.

Usually, due to sexual molestation by the same gender at an early age, which is damaging for a child.

That's actually true.. Pretty much every friend I have that's bisexual or gay was molested as a kid..

There seem to be few that weren't....

"There seem to be few that weren't...."

Or, don't admit to it anyway.

We know that a person has a choice to be converted and a converted person can be victorious over homosexual thoughts and actions.

A black person or white person has absolutely no choice over their skin color. Their color is natural and obvious. Homosexual behavior is not natural and the inclination should not be obvious.

We know that a person has a choice to be converted and a converted person can be victorious over homosexual thoughts and actions.

A black person or white person has absolutely no choice over their skin color. Their color is natural and obvious. Homosexual behavior is not natural and the inclination should not be obvious

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 i, as a gay christian, relate to a more christian heart matter

When JESUS is in the heart more fully

the love and joy and servitude will spill over on all thiose around you

regardless of them being in the club or not

whether they are black and cannot help it

or gay and they can help it (whatever .. yawn)

all are humans and CHRIST kisses them every morning they wake up

# GBU Kevin! and thats all im going to say to you  today :D

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Those that care are, for lack of a better world, flamboyant, or "flamers" want everyone to know.

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