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Updated Feb 21, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Arizona governor asked to nix bill angering gays

PHOENIX — Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is weighing whether to sign a
bill that allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse
service to gays.

A decision is likely next week. Brewer hasn’t taken a public stand on the bill.

The conservative governor is already feeling pressure from the business
community to veto the bill passed late Thursday. Opponents also pointed out that
the legislation would serve as a major distraction as Arizona prepares to host
the Super Bowl next year.

But Brewer also will be heavily pressured to sign the bill by social
conservatives who backed it as a religious-rights bill.

Republicans defended the proposal during two days of debate in the House and
Senate, saying the bill is only a “modest update” of the state’s existing
religious freedom law.


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