Hillary Clinton on Wednesday praised Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) for vetoing “discriminatory” legislation that would have allowed businesses to deny service to LGBT individuals.
“Thankfully the governor of Arizona has vetoed the discriminatory legislation that was passed, recognizing that inclusive leadership is really what the 21st century is all about,” Clinton said in the first minutes of her speech at the University of Miami, as quoted by CNN.
Brewer vetoed the disputed legislation Wednesday night. The bill, SB 1062, had drawn intense backlash from state and national politicians on both sides of the aisle as well as prominent business groups.
The former secretary of state used the veto of the Arizona bill as a launching pasd to make the case for equal rights, from LGBT individuals to those with disabilities, to the young voters gathered to hear her speak.
“It is the work of this century to complete the unfinished business of making sure that every girl and boy and every woman and man lives in societies that respect their rights no matter who they are, respects their potential and their talents, gives them the opportunities that every human being deserves, no matter where you were born, no matter the color of your skin, no matter your religion, your ethnicity, or whom you love,” she said, as quoted by CNN.