MSNBC's 'Morning Joe' on Arizona's SB 1062: Divorcees Could Have Faced Discrimination

February 27, 2014 - 3:02 PM

Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough, host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Seizing upon news that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed  SB 1062, the bill that protects businesses from being sued for discrimination if they refuse to serve gays on the basis of religious beliefs, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" host Joe Scarborough said the bill could have led to businesses discriminating against divorcees.

"There's also the possibility - it's so overly broad - that somebody, I can walk into a place, and somebody can say well he's divorced. I'm not going to serve him," Scarborough said.

Brewer vetoed the legislation Wednesday night after companies like Apple and American Airlines came out against it. The Hispanic Bar Association also announced Wednesday that it would cancel its 2015 convention set to take place in Phoenix because of the bill.

Former GOP presidential candidates Mitt Romney and John McCain also expressed their opposition to the measure.

"The thing is though it is so broad and overly generalized that you could have people denying service to so many. The only thing I'm wondering ... is why it took the governor so long to veto this. Why did it take her two days? It seemed like it would have been much smarter for her to quickly get it and quietly veto it and be done with it," Scarborough said.

In announcing plans to veto SB 1062, the Arizona governor criticized the bill as "broadly worded."

"I have not heard one example in Arizona where a business owner's religious liberty has been violated," Brewer said. "The bill is broadly worded and could result in unintended and negative consequences."

"Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes," she said. "However, I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve. It could divide Arizona in ways we cannot even imagine and nobody could ever want."