Arizona Governor to meet with gay discrimination bill’s supporters and opponents

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The Governor of the US state of Arizona has said she will hold private meetings with those for and against a bill to legalise discrimination against gay people before deciding whether to veto it or not.

Governor Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday from Washington DC and her spokesman has said she will spend Wednesdays in meetings before deciding on Senate Bill 1062.

Senate Bill 1062 would prevent the state from taking action against individuals and businesses who refuse services to people or groups based on their religious beliefs if such enforcement would “substantially burden” the free exercise of their religion.

The bill was given final approval by the legislature on Friday, but Brewer has not said whether she will sign it into law.

Yesterday she said she is still looking at the legislation and that she will “do the right thing”.

Various large corporations have lobbied Brewer to veto the bill, and some have speculated that the threat of Arizona losing its chance to host the 2015 Super Bowl will sway her to use her veto.