Conservative Leaders Discuss Family Challenges

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a Republican-backed bill that would have allowed people with religious beliefs to turn down service to homosexuals.

Conservative leaders met in Harrisonburg Thursday to discuss challenges facing traditional marriage and the church in the Valley and across the country.

Dean Welty, the director of the Valley Family Forum said he supports the idea behind the Arizona bill.

"My concern is that Christian businesses should not be forced to participate in ceremonies that violate their Christian beliefs and moral convictions. I regret for that reason that the law was not passed, but I hope that Christians will be allowed that liberty without the force of law coming down against them," said Welty.

Some prominent Republicans spoke out against the bill including former presidential candidates Mitt Romney and John McCain. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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