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3 lawmakers urge veto after voting for discrimination bill

1 year ago February 24, 2014 Feb 24, 2014 Monday, February 24 2014 Monday, February 24, 2014 10:37:17 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

PHOENIX - Three Republican Arizona state senators who voted for a bill that has triggered a national backlash from gay rights advocates are now urging Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the legislation.

Sen. Bob Worsley says he and Sens. Adam Driggs and Steve Pierce sent a letter to Brewer Monday asking her to strike down the legislation allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

Worsley says he was uncomfortable when he voted for the bill. Both he and Pierce called their votes a mistake.

The legislation passed last week. The Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry is requesting a veto because of fears it will hurt tourism.

Conservative groups are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it in to law.

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