Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

State Treasurer Calls To Veto Religious Rights Bill

Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, who is running for governor, says a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed.
The Republican said Saturday that he would try to create some kind of consensus legislation to protect religious liberty. Several Republican gubernatorial candidates have already weighed in on Senate Bill 1062. Secretary of State Bennett and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Friday they do not support it. Bennett called it unnecessary and divisive and Smith said it has the potential to negatively affect basic rights, including freedom of religion. Attorney Christine Jones says 1062 should be withdrawn to avoid damaging the state's reputation and economic growth. Candidates Andrew Thomas and Frank Riggs did not send statements. Senator Al Melvin voted for the bill.

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