February 26

Arizona governor to hold meetings over rights bill

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.

By Bob Christie
The Associated Press

PHOENIX – 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.

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Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.

The Associated Press

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.

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