Former Bush Aide Ari Fleischer Would Veto Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

A former press secretary for President George W. Bush joined the chorus of conservatives calling for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) to veto a bill that would allow businesses in her state to deny service to LGBT individuals.

Fleischer tweeted Wednesday that if he were governor, he would veto SB 1062:

Fleischer had spoken out last fall in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would bar discrimination in the workplace based on either sexual orientation or gender identity at the federal level. He urged the House of Representatives to take up and pass the legislation after it cleared the Senate, but that chamber has not since acted on the bill.

Brewer has until the end of the week to make her decision, although pressure is mounting for her to veto the bill in a timely fashion.

“I can assure you, as always, I’ll do the right thing for the state of Arizona,” she told CNN in an interview.

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