Arizona Senate to send Brewer gay rights bill

PHOENIX (AP) — Today is the day Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is officially supposed to get a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse some services, including some to gays.

Legislative action was completed last week, and if the state Senate officially delivers the bill today, it would start a five-day clock for the Republican governor to act on a proposed law she herself calls controversial.

The legislation has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights.

Several Republicans running to replace Brewer have said they would like to see the bill vetoed. The conservative governor is also feeling pressure from the business community to say no. But conservative groups backing the legislation are pushing back.

Brewer is set to return from governors' association meetings in Washington tomorrow.

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