Several hundred protesters gathered at the state Capitol Monday night, continuing their protest of Senate Bill 1062, which would allow businesses to refuse to provide service to customers based on religious principles.
The protesters urged Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the bill; she has until Friday to make her decision. Downtown businesses, the LGBT community, Downtown ASU students and others are opposing the bill out of fear it could lead to discrimination against the gay community. Republicans backing the bill insist it would only allow businesses to exercise their religious rights while still following all other laws.
Monday’s march around the Capitol followed other demonstrations Thursday and Friday nights. There are more demonstrations planned at the Capitol this week.
Gathered on the lawn, protesters listened to speakers denounce the bill and explain how it would promote discrimination and hurt business if signed into law. Senators also spoke about why they voted against the bill. After the speeches, the protesters marched around the Capitol, shouting “1062, shame on you” and “veto hate”.
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