Jeff Flake Wants Arizona Guv To Veto Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill

AP

A bill that would allow Arizona businesses to discriminate against LGBT individuals on the basis of religious freedom is headed to Gov. Jan Brewer’s (R) desk, and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) wants her to veto it.

Flake tweeted Saturday that he hopes Brewer puts an end to the bill:

Brewer had five days to sign the bill or veto it as of Friday, the Arizona Star reported. If she does nothing the bill will become law.

Brewer wouldn’t comment on the legislation when asked Saturday at the National Governors’ Association meeting, but said she was in no hurry to make a decision on SB 1062.

“You know, the bill is in transmittal and I don’t have to make a decision until next Friday so I’ve got plenty of time,” she said, as quoted by ABC News.

Flake’s position would receive a warm welcome at Rocco’s Pizzeria in Tucson, Ariz., where the shop’s owners voiced their own opposition to the bill by announcing it “reserves the right to eject any State Senators we see fit to kick out.”

This post has been updated.

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