Arizona governor expected to announce decision on bill critics call anti-gay

Arizona Governor Brewer looks up as U.S. President Barack Obama addresses the National Governors Association in the State Dining Room of the White House in WashingtonBy David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, under mounting pressure to veto a bill derided by critics as a license to discriminate against gays in the name of religion, met on Wednesday with politicians on both sides of the issue, and was expected to announce a decision later in the day. Her office said she planned to make a statement at 5:45 p.m. local time concerning the bill, which would allow business owners to cite personal religious beliefs as legal grounds for refusing to serve same-sex couples or any other prospective customers. The expected announcement came hours after Major League Baseball and the National Football League joined a growing chorus of business organizations denouncing or expressing strong reservations about the legislation. Echoing calls for Arizona boycotts previously stirred by Brewer’s support for tough measures to clamp down on illegal immigration, the Hispanic National Bar Association also said on Wednesday that its board voted unanimously to pull its annual convention from Phoenix in light of last week’s passage of 1062.


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