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Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes controversial ‘religious freedom’ bill

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, amid pressure from both Democrats and some Republican lawmakers, has vetoed a state bill that would allow for business owners to refuse service to gay customers based on religious beliefs, according to a report from CNN.

Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill (left) and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer attend a ceremony for the NFL Super Bowl Host Committee to pass the hosting duties off to Arizona, the site of next year's championship, in Times Square Feb. 1 in New York City
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The bill would have broadened the protections of a person or company being sued for denying service based on “sincerely held” religious beliefs, according to the Arizona Republic.

The state already doesn’t provide protections for people based on his or her sexual orientation, but proponents of the bill point to lawsuits in other states in which businesses were compelled to provide services to LGBT customers after being sued.

Some local businesses had feared that the passing of the bill would force the NFL to potentially relocate next year’s Super Bowl from the state, according to a report earlier today from FoxSports.

"Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard," NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said. "We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law but will decline further comment at this time."

Among the dissenters of the bill, which included U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona, was the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, which thought that the bill would be a detriment to the state’s economy.

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