Anti-gay bill vetoed after sporting pressure

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PHOENIX: A controversial anti-gay bill was vetoed on Wednesday by Arizona governor Jan Brewer only hours after pressure from American sports leagues that pump millions of dollars into the US state’s economy. The National Football League, which will stage Super Bowl 49 next February in Arizona, as well as Major League Baseball and Arizona’s NBA and Women’s NBA teams made it clear they did not want to see Senate Bill 1062 become law. The bill would have let businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians for religious reasons, drawing protest marches at the state capitol and raising fears from Arizona businesses about possible lost tourism and convention income.

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