Arizona governor to speak on controversial bill

BOB CHRISTIE Associated Press Published:

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov, Jan Brewer will finally break her silence about a Republican bill that protects people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others.

Brewer plans to make a statement on Senate Bill 1062 Wednesday evening. She's been considering whether to sign or veto the legislation that has caused a national uproar.

Democrats and civil rights groups opposed the bill being pushed by social conservatives, saying it would allow discriminatory actions by businesses and hurt the state's economy by driving away business.

Brewer vetoed a similar measure last year, but that came during a battle over her push to expand Medicaid in the state after she imposed a signing moratorium to force the Legislature to approve her expansion proposal.

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