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Old 02-26-2014, 08:01 PM   #78
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Default Re: Kansas’ Anti-Gay Segregation Bill

The Arizona Guv vetoed the bill

Ending a day that cast a glaring national spotlight on Arizona, the state’s Republican governor, Jan Brewer, decided late Wednesday to veto a bill that would have given business owners the right to refuse service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds....

As Ms. Brewer deliberated, the state had already begun to lose business...

The measure is the latest initiative in Arizona to set off a political firestorm, not just in the state but around the country. The state is still struggling to repair its image and finances from the boycotts and bad publicity it endured after passage of a stern immigration law in 2010, which gave police officers the right to stop people whom they suspected of being in the country illegally and made it a crime for unauthorized immigrants to hold jobs.

Arizona also faced a boycott almost 20 years ago, after voters initially refused to recognize Martin Luther King’s Birthday as a state holiday. Back then, the state was set to host the Super Bowl, but the National Football League, looking to avoid the controversy, moved the game to Pasadena, Calif. Sports Illustrated reported on Wednesday that the National Football League was exploring a similar move for next year’s game, which was scheduled for Phoenix.


http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/27/us...l.html?hp&_r=0

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