Arizona Sen. John McCain weighed in Monday on controversial legislation in his home state that would let businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Gov. Jan Brewer said “I’ve got plenty of time” to make a decision on whether or not to sign or veto the legislation, which sparked strong reaction from opponents who called it “state-sanctioned discrimination” and an embarrassment.
The religious protection argument is seen as one of the next battle lines in the fight over gay rights. Similar legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, but Arizona’s plan is the only one that has passed.
By Miranda Leitsinger
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