[QODLink]
Americas

Arizona group urges veto of gay bill

Already approved bill allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

Last updated: 24 Feb 2014 20:43
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Republican Eddie Farnsworth speaks in support of a bill allowing people to refuse service to gays [AP]

Arizona's biggest business advocacy group has called on the state's governor to veto a bill that allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

The legislation passed last week has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights, and the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is among business groups now requesting a veto.

Three Republican state senators who voted for the bill are now urging Governor Jan Brewer to veto it. Senator Bob Worsley says he and senators Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce sent a letter to Brewer on Monday asking her to strike down the legislation. Worsley says he was uncomfortable when he voted for the bill.

Both he and Pierce called their votes a mistake.

The business chamber said the bill could hurt tourism, make it hard to recruit new businesses and open the door to lawsuits against businesses.

But conservative groups supporting the legislation are hoping Brewer signs it in to law.

The state senate is expected to formally send the already approved bill to Brewer as early as Monday afternoon. She would then have five days to act.

 

190

Source:
Associated Press
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Featured
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.