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Updated Feb 24, 2014 - 10:38 am

Arizona Senate to send Gov. Brewer gay rights bill

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Senate will formally send a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays to Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday.

That action will start a five-day clock for the Republican governor to act on a proposed law she herself called controversial.

The legislation passed last week has triggered a national backlash from supporters of gay rights.

Several Republicans running to replace Brewer have said they would like to see Senate Bill 1062 vetoed, including Mesa Mayor Scott Smith.

So have Arizona's Republican U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake, each of whom tweeted about the bill. Flake's tweet went out over the weekend. McCain followed suit Monday.

Conservative groups backing the legislation are pushing back and hoping Brewer signs it into law.

The conservative governor is also feeling pressure from the business community to veto the bill.

Brewer is set to return from governors' association meetings in Washington on Tuesday.

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