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Arizona Governor to Hold Meetings Over Rights Bill

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Both of the Arizona's Republican U.S. senators are among those calling for a veto -- and so is former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. But supporters are denouncing what they call "fear-mongering" and "false attacks" on the legislation.

 

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer will hold a series of private meetings with opponents and proponents of legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.

Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder says the governor will spend Wednesday gathering information about Senate Bill 1062 as she considers signing it into law or a veto. She has until Saturday to act.

The governor returned from five days in Washington, D.C., Tuesday. The state became embroiled in a national debate over religious and gay rights in her absence.

The bill allows business owners to cite sincerely held religious beliefs to fend off discrimination lawsuits.

Some Republican senators who voted for the bill are calling for a veto. They cite "inaccurate" information about the bill as the reason.

AP Story From 25 Feb 14:

Gov. Jan Brewer is back in Arizona where she faces a decision whether to sign or veto a a bill that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights.

The Republican governor has been in Washington the last five days for a governor's conference.

The Arizona Legislature passed a bill last week allowing businesses whose owners cite sincerely held religious beliefs to deny service to gays. It allows any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any action brought by the government or individual claiming discrimination.

Brewer will likely spend the next day or more pondering Senate Bill 1062.

There is widespread speculation that Brewer will veto the bill. But following a longtime practice with pending legislation, she hasn't said how she will act.


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