Community speaking out on SB1062 with just days until Governor's decision

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Community speaking out on SB1062 with just days until Governor's decision

By Rikki Mitchell. CREATED Feb 24, 2014

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - With just days until Governor Jan Brewer makes her decision, those on both sides of the SB1062 debate are out in full force.

"It's really important to me because I am a gay person and this is a civil rights fight that really hits home for me," said Sandy Braun, who protested against the bill.

Some downtown businesses have put up signs in their windows that read "We don't discriminate. Veto."

"Regardless of the religious impact, legalizing any kind of discrimination is outrageous and we wont have anything to do with it," said David Slutes, entertainment director at Hotel Congress.

Republican State Senator Al Melvin is in favor of the bill and says it does not target the gay community.

He says he forsees a more likely scenario of a Jewish baker refusing to decorate a cake with a swastika.

"They're trying to make it a discrimination bill and it's not," said Melvin. "It's designed to protect everyone."

Republican State Senator Bob Worsley originally voted in favor of this bill, and now says that was a mistake.

"I am absolutely not a discrimination person and I feel like given this characterization of the bill, the best thing is to veto it and make it go away," said Worsley.

Governor Brewer returns to Arizona on Tuesday. A spokesman for her officer says she plans to make a decision on SB1062 by Friday.

Rikki Mitchell

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Rikki Mitchell is a proud University of Arizona grad and joined the KGUN9 team after graduation. Rikki reports for the evening newscasts.