Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a Republican bill designed to give added protection from lawsuits to people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays. The proposed legislation subjected Arizona to blistering criticism from major corporations and political leaders from both parties and set off a national debate over gay rights and religious freedom.
Oregon United for Marriage Campaign Manger Mike Marshall applauded the decision saying:
“Like Arizona, Oregon is facing a discrimination initiative that would allow businesses to deny commercial services to people because of who they are and who they love. Treating people differently based on who they are is discrimination.”
“At a moment when Oregonians should be celebrating the imminent end of discrimination against loving, committed couples, we’re gearing up to fight this effort to write discrimination back into our laws. This hurtful measure weakens our current anti-discrimination laws so that corporations and commercial businesses can discriminate against gay and lesbian couples by denying them services on their wedding day. Freedom means freedom for everyone, and it is wrong to treat people differently because of who they are and who they love.”