Rep. Michele Bachmann is one Republican who is not praising Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to veto controversial legislation called anti-gay, saying there’s a “terrible intolerance” of religious people in the nation.
“I was sorry that she made the decision, and it’s because I believe that tolerance is a two-way street and we need to respect everyone’s rights, including the rights of people who have sincerely held religious beliefs,” the Minnesota Republican said in an interview with ABC News and Yahoo’s “Fine Print.”
Brewer last week vetoed SB 1062, which would have allowed business owners to refuse service to customers on religious grounds, after an outcry including prominent members of her own party.
The Republican governor also faced pushback from the business community and reports that the NFL might consider moving the 2015 Super Bowl out of Arizona, something Bachmann said she should have ignored.
“Constitutional rights shouldn’t be traded away no matter if the NFL decides to have an economic boycott or not. There is not a price that you can put on constitutional liberties,” Bachmann said.
The tea party darling and former presidential candidate said the veto was part of a larger sentiment against religious Americans.
“Right now, there’s a terrible intolerance afoot in the United States, and it’s against people who hold sincerely held religious beliefs,” Bachmann said.