Arizona governor heads home amid furor over bill

CREATED Feb. 25, 2014

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PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is headed home after five days in Washington to a state that has become embroiled in a national debate over religious and gay rights because of a bill on her desk.

The Republican governor is expected to arrive in Phoenix on Tuesday afternoon and likely will spend the next day or so pondering Senate Bill 1062 before acting on it. There's widespread speculation that Brewer will veto the legislation, but she hasn't said what she'll do.

The bill allows businesses whose owners cite sincerely held religious beliefs to deny service to gays

Some Republican senators who pushed the measure through the Legislature are now calling for a veto as well, although they cite "inaccurate" information about what the bill does for igniting a firestorm.

Democrats say that argument doesn't wash and call SB1062 "toxic" legislation that allows discrimination.

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