Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says that she is reluctant to sign an anti-gay "religious freedom" bill passed by the Arizona legislature last week, telling reporters, "I believe that bigotry and hatred should be free of government regulation."
She said that while some business owners enjoy employing hateful practices, "I worry that if big government gets involved, that'll ruin everything."
"Don't get me wrong — I think the anti-gay bill that the legislature passed was well-meaning," she said. "All I'm saying is, let's leave it to the private sector."
Noting that the current system of hatred and bigotry in place in Arizona has worked well for decades, she said, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."
But Brewer got some pushback from Republican legislator Harland Dorrinson. "I'm as opposed to big government as anyone,'' he said. "But promoting hate-based bias is one area where I believe government has an important role to play."