*(Via WSJ) – Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed business owners a legal defense if they refused to service customers on religious grounds.
The governor’s decision Wednesday earned immediate praise from gay-rights groups, who said that the bill would have allowed businesses to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples.
Backers of the bill, mostly conservative groups, said the issue had been miscast by its opponents as an issue of discrimination.
Ms. Brewer’s decision came after days of intense pressure from gay-rights groups, corporate leaders and high-profile politicians urging her to veto the bill.
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