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Updated Feb 21, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Tucson pizzeria hits out at gay service refusal bill

PHOENIX — Many Arizonans are divided over a bill passed by the state Legislature that would allow businesses to deny service to gays and others based on religious beliefs.

The debate will surely continue even after its possible signing by Gov. Jan Brewer, but one Tucson pizzeria has already made its opinion of the bill known on Twitter.

The state Senate was the first to pass the measure.

The bill has hit a nerve in the gay rights community, with some claiming the bill would allow doctors to run away gays.

Proponents of the bill said it is not about discrimination, but practicing religious freedom.

Brewer doesn’t comment on pending legislation, but she vetoed a similar measure last year. That action, however, came during an unrelated political standoff, and it’s not clear whether she would support or reject this plan.

The bill is currently on Brewer’s desk.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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