Governor vetoes attack on religious liberty


It’s not like Jerry Brown is suddenly a hero. But at least he refused to allow this bill to become law.

The California Legislature passed a bill which would have punished any religious organization who fired workers who get an abortion or use birth control. In a pleasant surprise, Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill, saying it went too far.

The measure, by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, follows the case of Teri James, who in 2012 was allegedly fired from her job at San Diego Christian College for getting pregnant out of wedlock.

But it drew opposition from business groups, including the California Chamber of Commerce, for opening another avenue of potential litigation. Some Catholic and other religious organizations also raised objections that it would infringe upon their freedom to practice their faith as they choose.