Al Melvin, freedom candidate for governor issued this statement on 1062:
“I am sorry to hear that Governor Brewer has vetoed this bill. I¹m sure it was a difficult choice for her, but it is a sad day when protecting liberty is considered controversial.”
Melvin encouraged the groups that supported the bill to regroup, stay in the fight, and come back stronger the next time.
“Let us learn from the process we have just come through so that we can do a better job next time of communicating our intent. Let us do a better job of reaching out to groups who likely mean well but who are otherwise swept up in the hysteria and misinformation that greets legislation like this. We need to recognize that the attacks on Christian businesses we spoke about were in other states like New Mexico and Oregon. Until people see it happening here in Arizona, our efforts will be too easily dismissed. It is unfortunate that we may have to wait until people’s rights are being trampled here in Arizona before we can safeguard them, but that may well be the case.”
Melvin also urged disappointed Arizonans to remain engaged in the process.
“Already too many Christians avoid the political process, and defeats like this one can be demoralizing. The most important thing is to remain involved in the process and to get your
friends and family involved as well. Our nation is a miracle, but that does not mean that God alone is responsible for its maintenance. We are each called to be involved and to do our part. For my part, I will continue my campaign for Governor and, if elected, will use that office to actively promote the cause of liberty here in Arizona.”