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PHOENIX -- Arizona Republican Gov. Jan Brewer is weighing whether to sign a bill that allows business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

A decision is likely next week. Brewer hasn't taken a public stand on the bill.

The conservative governor is already feeling pressure from the business community to veto the bill passed late Thursday. Opponents also pointed out that the legislation would serve as a major distraction as Arizona prepares to host the Super Bowl next year.

But Brewer also will be heavily pressured to sign the bill by social conservatives who backed it as a religious-rights bill.

Republicans defended the proposal during two days of debate in the House and Senate, saying the bill is only a ``modest update'' of the state's existing religious freedom law.

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