U.S. Sen. John McCain says governor should veto Arizona’s anti-gay bill

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U.S. Sen. John McCain

U.S. Sen. John McCain

U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday said that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others.

McCain tweeted Monday, “I hope Governor Brewer will veto #SB1062.”

McCain’s tweet mirrors that which was sent Saturday by U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, Arizona’s other GOP Senator.

The legislation (SB 1062) allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays, and all eyes are on Brewer as she decides whether to sign the bill. A decision is likely next week.

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Social conservatives and libertarian-minded members of the GOP believe the legislation protects the First Amendment rights of business owners who are expressing their religious beliefs.

McCain and Flake’s announcements comes amid calls by Arizona’s Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, for Brewer to veto the bill.

Also Monday, three Republican state senators who voted for the bill backtracked, and also called for a governor’s veto. Had the three lawmakers voted against the bill, it would have failed in the Senate.

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