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Reactions to veto of SB 1062

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

With the news of Gov. Jan Brewer's veto of a controversial senate bill, those who support and oppose SB 1062 were quick to react on social media.

Sen. John McCain tweeted the following reaction to Gov. Brewer's decision:

"I appreciate the decision made by Governor Brewer to veto this legislation. I hope that we can now move on from this controversy and assure the American people that everyone is welcome to live, work and enjoy our beautiful State of Arizona."

Sen. Jeff Flake tweeted:

"Let's move forward now and show the country what we've always known - there's no better place to be than in Arizona."

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce released the following statement in response to Gov. Brewer's decision:

"The governor said she would do the right thing for Arizona, and today she lived up to her word. Arizona's business community thanks Gov. Brewer for vetoing S.B. 1062. Arizona is an open, welcoming place, which Gov. Brewer reaffirmed today. We look forward to joining the governor and Legislature in getting back to the important business of the state."

Early Wednesday, Sports Illustrated reported that talks were in the works for moving next year's Super Bowl out of Phoenix if SB 1062 were to pass.

@AZSuperBowl tweeted:

"Time to turn our sites down the field and continue preparations to welcome all to Arizona for #SB49!"

Sen. Al Melvin was disappointed by the veto and encouraged conservatives to regroup and "stay in the fight."

He said, "I am sorry to hear that Governor Brewer has vetoed this bill.  I'm sure it was a difficult choice for her, but it is a sad day when protecting liberty is considered controversial."

"Let us learn from the process we have just come through so that we can do a better job next time of communicating our intent. Let us do a better job of reaching out to groups who likely mean well but who are otherwise swept up in the hysteria and misinformation that greets legislation like this.  We need to recognize that the attacks on Christian businesses we spoke about were in other states like New Mexico and Oregon. Until people see it happening here in Arizona, our efforts will be too easily dismissed. It is unfortunate that we may to wait until people¹s rights are being trampled here in Arizona before we can safeguard them, but that may well be the case."

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