Arizona

Feb 24, 2014 7:48 AM by Associated Press

Arizona Senate to send Brewer gay rights bill

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Senate is expected to send a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays to Gov. Jan Brewer as early as Monday.

That action will start a five-day clock for the Republican governor to act on a proposed law she herself calls controversial.

The legislation passed last week has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights.

Several Republicans running to replace Brewer have said they would like to see Senate Bill 1062 vetoed. But conservative groups backing the legislation are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it in to law.

The conservative governor is also feeling pressure from the business community to veto the bill.

Brewer is set to return from governors' association meetings in Washington on Tuesday.

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