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Arizona governor vetoes religious freedom bill

Arizona State Office

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would allow business owners to cite personal religious beliefs as legal grounds for refusing to serve same-sex couples or any other prospective customers.

The controversy surrounding SB 1062, the Arizona law that would let businesses refuse service to gay and lesbians on the basis of religious freedom, intensified Wednesday.

Marc Benioff, CEO of cloud computing provider Salesforce.com, took to Twitter to express his disapproval.

"If this bill passes we will never do another corporate event in Arizona. Good bye @the_phoenician and @ArizonaBiltmore - my two favorites!" he tweeted, mentioning two hotels in the Phoenix area.

A number of corporations oppose the bill. Business review website Yelp, pet supply chain operator PetSmart, American Airlines, hotel chain operator Marriott and technology giants Apple and Intel have all gone on record against it.

(Read more: More jump into the fray on Arizona bill debate)

Brewer had until Saturday to veto SB 1062 or sign it into law. Using a hashtag to refer to the bill, she tweeted Tuesday, "I assure you, as always, I will do the right thing for the State of Arizona."

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