Arizona Governor Vetoes 'Religious Freedom' Bill

The bill would have allowed business owners to refuse service to gays on religious grounds.
3:00 | 02/27/14

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We stay out west to Arizona where last night governor Jan brewer vetoed a controversial piece of legislation that would have allowed business owners to refuse to serve gay cups on religious grounds. It has sparked a national debate about gay rights and religious freedom with activists and big business weighing in. ABC's Cecilia Vega is at the Arizona state capitol right now. Good morning, Cecilia. Reporter: A lot of celebra celebrating overnight. A huge national outcry, even some of the biggest names in the governor's own republican party lashing out against this legislation. Jan brewer saying she heard those boos, even some cheers before she decided to veto it. The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences. Reporter: They were the words so many had been waiting to hear. I have vetoed senate bill 1062 moments ago. Reporter: Arizona governor Jan brewer announcing her decision on the controversial bill that would have given businesses the right to claim religious freedom if they denied service to gay people. Religious liberty is a core American and Arizona value. So is nondiscrimination. Reporter: And that very moment outside Arizona's capitol from cheers to tears. Nobody rides at the back of the bus and everybody sits at the lunch counter. We fought that battle and that's what this battle is. We shouldn't have to do this again. The people of Arizona have spoken and they were urging a veto. Reporter: The pressure for brewer to reject the law, fierce. All: The power of the people don't stop say what. Reporter: Companies publicly bashed it saying it's bad for business. Even the future of next year's super bowl in Arizona seemed at risk. The governor said she decided the bill was unnecessary tweeting this picture of her as she signed that veto. I have not heard of one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated. Reporter: And in the end, the very group that had been protesting Jan brewer thanked her. All: Thank you, Jan. Reporter: Now, supporters of this bill released a statement overnight calling it a sad day for arizonaens who cherish liberty. Enough lawmakers guarantee there will not be an override of the veto. Thanks very much. Let's get today's other top stories from josh.

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