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Updated Feb 22, 2014 - 7:27 pm

State treasurer says veto Arizona bill

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona State Treasurer Doug Ducey, who is running for governor, says a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed.

The Republican said Saturday that he would try to create some kind of consensus legislation to protect religious liberty.

Several Republican gubernatorial candidates have already weighed in on Senate Bill 1062.

Secretary of State Bennett and Mesa Mayor Scott Smith said Friday they don't support it. Bennett called it unnecessary and divisive and Smith said it has the potential to negatively affect basic rights, including freedom of religion.

Attorney Christine Jones says 1062 should be withdrawn to avoid damaging the state's reputation and economic growth.

Candidates Andrew Thomas and Frank Riggs didn't send statements.

Sen. Al Melvin voted for the bill.

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