Arizona governor home amid furor over bill

3:03 AM, Feb 26, 2014   |    comments
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PHOENIX (AP) -- Gov. Jan Brewer is back in Arizona where she faces a decision whether to sign or veto 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.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is now among the high-profile individuals who've urged the governor to veto the bill.

Associated Press

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