Top Five Most-Read Phoenix News Stories of the Week
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By Matthew Hendley
Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed Senate Bill 1062.
The bill advertised as "religious freedom" legislation resulted in several protests, was denounced by many large businesses, and even some of the Republican lawmakers who voted for the bill have since come out against it.
See also: Jan Brewer Vetoes SB 1062
By Matthew Hendley
In addition to protests at the state Capitol over Arizona's Senate Bill 1062, activists have now taken to the office of the lobbying group that developed and pushed the bill, the Center for Arizona Policy.
Citizens for a Better Arizona led a delegation of people to CAP's Phoenix office today, to demand a formal apology from the organization's president, Cathi Herrod.
"If you follow the puppeteer's strings, they go right to this building, and to one person -- Cathi Herrod," said Beto Soto, of Citizens for a Better Arizona.
See how the blind mice run . . . as far away from Senate Bill 1062 as they can get.
This morning, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce officially joined the increasingly crowded bandwagon of opposition to the anti-gay "religious freedom bill" that Arizona Republicans in the state Legislature passed last week.
As the Greater Phoenix Economic Council did Friday, the business associations called on Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill.
The Chambers' statement reads in part:
"As leaders in the business community, we cannot support measures that could expose our businesses to litigation, nor do we want to send a message that our state is anything but an open and attractive place for visitors and the top talent that will be the cornerstone of our continued economic growth."
Thus proving that money is neither gay nor straight, but green.
The business leaders join a number of Sand Land GOPers who've rushed to oppose the bill, some more vigorously than others.
If Arizona's anti-immigrant law wasn't enough to tarnish the state's reputation, the state's "religious freedom" bill already is causing plenty of damage.
Despite a huge outpouring of opposition toward the bill from Arizona residents, business groups, and even Republican lawmakers not in the state Legislature, the state's once again being painted as the land of hatred, thanks to Senate Bill 1062.
People protesting SB 1062 Monday at the state Capitol.
Based on an analysis of headlines from local news outlets, it would appear that everyone and their grandmother opposes Arizona's Senate Bill 1062.
By Monday afternoon, the Arizona Capitol Times counted 84 businesses and business groups in public opposition to the "religious freedom" bill, including Marriott, Apple, and American Airlines.
That had us wondering -- is there any Arizona business that actually supports the bill, which has been slammed for being anti-gay?
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