Arizona governor vetoes bill widely criticized as anti-gay

PHOENIX Wed Feb 26, 2014 8:08pm EST

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PHOENIX (Reuters) - Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill on Wednesday that has been derided by critics as a license to discriminate against gays in the name of religion, saying the measure could result in "unintended and negative consequences."

The measure, passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature last week, would have allowed business owners to cite personal religious beliefs as legal grounds for refusing to serve same-sex couples or any other prospective customers. But a number of major business organizations and some fellow Republican politicians had urged Brewer to veto the bill.

(Reporting by David Schwartz; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

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