Michele Bachmann Is ‘Sorry’ Jan Brewer Vetoed Arizona’s Anti-Gay Bill

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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) is a big believer in tolerance, so she thinks it’s wrong that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses in her state to deny service to LGBT individuals.

“I believe that tolerance is a two-way street, and we need to respect everyone’s rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs,” Bachmann told Yahoo News’ “The Fine Print” on Wednesday.

For that reason the Minnesota Republican said she was “sorry” Brewer killed Arizona’s SB 1062. But the Arizona governor said at a press conference announcing her decision that she had “not heard one example in Arizona where business owners’ religious liberty has been violated.”

Asked why her view seemed to be in the minority among Republicans — both Arizona senators and former presidential nominee Mitt Romney spoke out against the bill — Bachmann suggested its dissenters were on the wrong side of the issue.

“Religious liberties and the protection of our religious liberties is right,” she said. “Right now, there’s a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it’s against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs.”

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