Phoenix-based PetSmart has joined a growing number of businesses urging Arizona Gov.Jan Brewer to veto SB1062, which would let businesses refuse service to gay and lesbians on the basis of religious freedom.
"We absolutely would like to see the governor veto this bill," he said. "We think it's bad for Arizona business. We think it's bad for the people of Arizona. Arizona is good for business, but this bill is not. ... That's why we are urging the governor to veto this bill."
Supporters of the proposal say it will protect religious freedom, but critics argue that it could allow companies to discriminate against the gay and lesbian community.
Lenhardt wouldn't say whether he would consider moving PetSmart's headquarters out of the state if SB1062 were to become law, but he called the business a "hometown company" that has been in Arizona for 26 years.
The pet supply store operator has 3,734 employees in Arizona.
Brewer is expected to make her decision over the weekend, according to NBC News.