Governor Owens is using his veto pen to strike down a bill designed to outlaw workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians.
But Owens signed another measure adding homosexuals and the disabled to those protected under the state's existing hate crimes statutes.
The governor says he's vetoing the workplace discrimination bill because it's unnecessary and could force employers to spend large sums of money defending lawsuits.
Human Rights Campaign vice president David Smith says Owens is acknowledging it's wrong to target homosexuals with violence but okay to fire them just because they're gay. He calls that out of step with voters, major corporations and the Legislature.