AZ Dem: Every Second Brewer Waits To Veto Anti-Gay Bill Is ‘Black Mark’

February 26, 2014 11:51 a.m.

A Democratic Arizona state senator doesn’t want Gov. Jan Brewer to wait one more moment before vetoing the anti-gay discrimination bill sitting on her desk, saying every second she does is a “black mark” on the state.

“Well, we are very optimistic she will veto the bill, but again, every second she doesn’t veto the bill is a black mark on the state of Arizona,” Sen. Anna Tovar said Wednesday on MSNBC. “We’ve asked the governor as of yesterday to swiftly veto this bill when she arrived yesterday, the second she got off the plane.”

Pressure is building for Brewer to veto the bill. Business groups, the state’s Republican U.S. senators, and a leading conservative candidate to replace her as governor have voiced their opposition to it. Brewer has said she wants to consult with both sides and will make a decision by the end of the week.

“Arizona is in the headlines for all the wrong reasons,” Tovar said. “We want to focus on the priorities of our state.”

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