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Businesses glad for veto, though tourism numbers are down

Even with signs posted calling for a veto of the bill, many businesses were feeling the effects of the controversy surrounding SB 1062. Even with signs posted calling for a veto of the bill, many businesses were feeling the effects of the controversy surrounding SB 1062.
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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the controversial religious rights bill on Wednesday and many businesses are grateful for it. 

SB 1062 set off a national debate over gay rights, religion and discrimination. It would have allowed businesses to refuse service to people on religious grounds.

In announcing the veto, Brewer said the measure would have created more problems than it would have solved.

For many businesses in Tucson the problems had already started. As soon as word came out that SB 1062 was being considered for law, tourism began to fall.

Even with signs on their doors calling for a veto of the bill, many businesses were already feeling the effects.

Two major resorts in Tucson, La Paloma and Ventana Canyon, had been receiving cancellations from people not wanting to visit because of SB 1062. 

The Hispanic National Bar Association pulled a convention from Phoenix, citing a disagreement with the bill, and Sports Illustrated reported the NFL was looking into moving next year's Super Bowl away from Glendale. 

After Wednesday's veto of the bill, many have been celebrating the Governor's decision, including several businesses at Mercado San Augustin. 

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