'I need to explore it'
Arizona’s governor is not giving any clues about what she will do with the bill the state legislation approved that would make it legal for businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people in the name of religion.
‘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,’ Jan Brewer said, on 22 February, as reported by ABC News.
The legislation, officially known as HB 2153, was passed last week by the Republican controlled state Senate and House chambers.
If signed, it would allow anyone to refuse services to anyone, for any reason, as long religious beliefs violations are claimed.
The bill was sponsored in the House by Republican Representative Eddie Farnsworth, and in the Senate by GOP state Senator Steve Yarborough.
Brewer, also a Republican, told reporters she needed to study the bill first.
‘I need to explore it,’ she said.
In 2012, Brewer filed a petition to the Supreme Court to reverse a ruling that gave health benefits to same-sex partners who are state employees.
The petition was dismissed in 2013 June.
‘In terminating domestic-partner benefits for State employees of every sexual orientation, the action I took with the Legislature was driven by financial necessity rather than a social agenda,’ Brewer stated after the court’s ruling.