Watching The Arizona Bill Go Down In Flames Isn't Just Cause For Celebration. It’s A Sign Of Change.

In the slight chance that you haven't heard, in February 2014, Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the anti-gay bill couched as "religious freedom" that both the state's Senate and House passed. This clip is from "The Last Word," and my takeaway is summed up by host Lawrence O'Donnell himself: "I'm not sure we've seen anything quite like this, where there's a governmental move against gay rights and there is an uprising."

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Reporter: Arizona governor Jan Brewer said she would do the right thing for Arizona, and this time she did. 

Jan Brewer: Echoing all of the arguments, I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moments ago.

Reporter: Jan Brewer has vetoed the most controversial bill in the country.

Jan Brewer: I took the necessary time to make the right decision. 

Reporter: The increasing pressure on Arizona governor Jan Brewer.

Reporter: The growing pressure on that state's governor.

Jan Brewer: Senate Bill 1062. 

Reporter: The state's controversial religious freedom bill.

Jane Brewer: Does not address a specific or present concern.

Reporter: They're cloaking bigotry, per se, in the name of God.

Reporter: This is an easy thing for republicans to walk away from. 

Reporter: A growing a list of companies. 

Reporter: It can boil down into a simple business argument. 

Reporter: Apple, Marriott, Intel, Yelp, AT&T, and Petsmart have all come out against this bill.

Jan Brewer: Our society is undergoing many dramatic changes. 

Reporter: We have to reach out and tell our stories. It is the only way we can break down the myths and the lies and the stereotypes we've been told for generations.

Jan Brewer: After weighing all of the arguments, I have vetoed Senate Bill 1062 moment ago.

There may be small errors in this transcript.

This clip is from "The Last Word With Lawrence O'Donnell." Follow him on Twitter and Facebook, if you're so inclined. Filmmaker and activist Dustin Lance Black is on Twitter and Facebook as well.

Feb 28, 2014

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