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Feb 24, 2014 2:40 PM by Sarah Sanchez

Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce urges Governor to veto SB1062

TUCSON - The Tucson Metro Chamber of Commerce is urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB1062, which would add protections from discrimination lawsuits to individuals and businesses who refuse service to customers in the name of religious freedom.

The Chamber sent a letter to Gov. Brewer Monday.

"We are writing to you on behalf of the 1,450 member businesses of the Tucson Metro Chamber and their 110,000 employees to ask that you veto SB1062. While the authors of SB1062 may have had good intentions, it is our opinion that, if enacted, SB1062 will have immediate and long term negative economic impact," the letter stated.

"Since the announcement of the passage of SB1062, the Tucson Metro Chamber has received correspondence from consumers and businesses both in our area and outside of Arizona expressing concern about SB1062," the letter added. "There seems to be little doubt that this measure is regarded as regressive and serves only to define the state of Arizona in a negative light."

In the letter, the Chamber also said that the effect of SB1062 is a "step backward at a time all of us are trying to grow our local economy, put our citizens back to work and elevate Arizona on the world stage of commerce and tourism."

Republicans say the law is needed to protect people who have legitimate religious objections to gay marriage.

Democrats argue it will be a license to discriminate.

Governor Brewer has until Friday to sign it.

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