SB 1062 was Arizona’s bill that would allow someone to use a “sincerely held religious belief” as a reason and defense to not provide services. The bill was mainly seen as a means of legalizing discrimination against gay people. It was vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer in February 2014.
Sheriff Paul Babeu, who is gay, was caught up in an abuse of power scandal in 2008 when he worked on the campaign for then-Presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who was seen as far from supportive of gay rights. Babeu had to quit the Romney campaign and was eventually exonerated of the charges against him.