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Arizona Governor Considers Religious Protection Act

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer says she will review a bill that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs as legal justification for refusing service to perspective customers. According to The Arizona Republic, the legislation was approved Thursday with strong support from Republicans.

On Friday Governor Brewer told CNN that she will review the bill carefully, but didn’t volunteer her views on the legislation.

“I think anybody that owns a business can choose who they work with or who they don’t work with,” Brewer commented to CNN in Washington, DC, where she is attending a governors’ conference. “But I don’t know that it needs to be statutory. In my life and in my businesses, if I don’t want to do business or if I don’t want to deal with a particular company or person or whatever, I’m not interested. That’s America. That’s freedom.”

Advisers to the Governor Brewer said that she will meet with lawmakers, the business community, and others as she determines whether or not to sign the bill.

“In this instance, you have a bill that had a party-line vote,” an unnamed adviser told The Republic. “It puts her in a difficult spot.”

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