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Big Companies Urge Jan Brewer to Veto Arizona Anti-Gay Bill

Some state lawmakers have also turned against the bill


ArizonaArizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer is facing rising pressure to reject a bill passed by the state’s legislature that would allow businesses to refuse service to gay customers, if that service would violate the business owners’ strongly-held religious beliefs.

Brewer has said that she is taking time to review the Arizona anti-gay bill. She will have to decide whether to sign the bill by Friday. A number of large companies, including American Airlines (AAL) and Apple (AAPL) have called on the governor to veto the Arizona anti-gay bill, Bloomberg notes.

The sharp reaction to the bill has prompted three state senators who originally voted to pass the Arizona anti-gay bill to reverse course and press Brewer to veto the law, according to USA TODAY. State Senators Bob Worsley, Steve Pierce and Adam Driggs, all Republicans, have sent Brewer a letter saying that the Arizona anti-gay bill has been “mischaracterized” by opponents and that those “allegations are causing out state immeasurable harm.”

Arizona’s senior U.S. Senator John McCain has also come out strongly against the Arizona anti-gay law, warning that it will “hurt the state of Arizona’s economy and, frankly, our image,” Politico notes.

Brewer can sign the Arizona anti-gay bill into law, not sign the bill — in which case it still becomes law — or veto it.

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