Gov. Jan Brewer’s closest advisers and the Arizona Republican establishment are urging her to veto Senate Bill 1062, the controversial right-to-refuse-service legislation that landed on her desk Monday.
The Republican governor, who was still on the East Coast on Monday, remained noncommittal about how she will act on the legislation.
Meanwhile, a tidal wave of opposition grew, her closest friends and allies echoed that opposition, and three Republican state senators who voted for the bill, including one of its co-sponsors, said they regretted their votes and urged her to nix the legislation.
Brewer said her office had received more than 10,000 calls and e-mails about SB 1062.
“I certainly haven’t made up my mind,” Brewer told The Arizona Republic during a break at the winter conference of the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C. “I need to get back (to Arizona) and hear from people.”
Brewer returns to Phoenix today and has meetings scheduled for Wednesday about SB 1062, which would expand religious protections in state law in a way that critics claim would be discriminatory against gays and lesbians.
The governor will meet with people on both sides of the debate before making a decision, although she did not say who was on her schedule: “There are always two sides to a story,” she said.
She has until the end of the day on Saturday to sign the bill, veto it or allow it to become law without her signature.
No one close to her will speculate publicly about how Brewer will ultimately act. However, those with insight into her administration say the groundswell of opposition gives her political cover if she uses her veto on a bill that was overwhelmingly supported by her party in the Legislature.
Over the weekend, Arizona’s U.S. senators came out against the bill.
The major candidates for governor in this year’s election issued statements over the weekend saying they would veto SB 1062.
Business organizations, including tech giant Apple and American Airlines Group, signed onto the veto bandwagon. The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, which is overseeing preparations for the 2015 NFL championship game in Glendale, issued a statement on Monday expressing opposition and saying the bill would “deal a significant blow to the state’s economic-growth potential.”
And religious leaders increasingly said they saw no purpose in what supporters call a “religious-freedom bill.””
The Arizona Republic, "Brewer Pressed to Veto SB 1062."
That this asswipe is waiting until the last possible day to do the right thing should tell you she’s probably a fucking hateful homophobe, so whatever.