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Heads of leading business groups in Arizona are asking Governor Jan Brewer to veto a bill that would allow business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians on religious grounds.

The bill, SB1062, has drawn increasing criticism since Arizona legislators approved it last week, with critics saying that it provides a legal license to discriminate against gay people.

Three Republican state senators who voted in favor of it have changed their minds and sent the governor a letter asking her to veto it.

They join business leaders from across the state who say the measure is already hurting the state's economy and hampering their ability to attract and retain talented workers.

Arizona Republican Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake both posted on Twitter to publicly oppose the bill.

Bill supporters say the bill does not discriminate against gay people, it simply protects religious rights.

Gov. Brewer arrives back in Arizona today and has said that she will make her decision whether to sign or veto this week.

KJZZ news director Peter O'Dowd joins Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson with details.


This segment aired on February 25, 2014.

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