With pressure mounting from political, business, and civil rights leaders, Arizona's Tea Party Republican Governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a bill that would legalize religion-based anti-LGBT discrimination in that state.
[Some] some Arizona Republicans who know her well say they are confident those comments mean Brewer will almost surely reject the bill that is generating nationwide controversy...
Arizona GOP sources say Brewer considers herself a pro-business governor -- someone who above all else wants to protect and promote Arizona's economic interests. They say she knows full well there will be economic consequences for the state if it has a law on the books perceived to effectively codify discrimination...
Sources say she is concerned about this bill taking away from other issues she is now pressing, such as overhauling Arizona's child protective services system.
NBC is naming names:
One of those [sources] is longtime Brewer political adviser Chuck Coughlin, who told NBC News: "It's been her proclivity in the past to focus on the priorities she wants them [the legislature] to accomplish, and this was clearly not part of her agenda."
"She doesn't want to take any actions that could jeopardize the economic momentum we've seen here in Arizona," said another person close to the governor.
The National Football League and the Arizona Cardinals joined the chorus of voices condemning the state's proposed "turn away the gays" bill today, adding credence to the rumors that approval of the bill might jeopardize the 2015 Super Bowl, currently scheduled to be held outside Phoenix.
Their statements are after the jump.