Romney urges veto of Arizona religious-freedom bill

Romney urges veto of Arizona religious-freedom bill

Mitt Romney on Tuesday joined a growing chorus of Republicans urging the Arizona governor to veto a bill that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing service to gay people.

The former Massachusetts governor tweeted at Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R), saying it “is right” to veto the bill passed by the state legislature last week.

Brewer has not said whether she will sign or veto the measure. However, a number of media outlets have reported people close to her expect her to veto it.

Brewer told CNN she would weigh both sides before deciding the right thing to do. She noted she is pro-business and appreciated the business community’s input. She has until Friday to make a decision.

Both Arizona senators, John McCain (R) and Jeff Flake (R), sent out short tweets earlier this week hoping the governor vetoes the bill.

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) on Tuesday said the bill is “ill-timed” and is totally unrelated to “religious liberty.”

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