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Kerry ‘Counting On’ Arizona Gov. to Veto Anti-Gay Bill

UPDATE: In a press conference on Wednesday Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced she has vetoed SB1062.

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In an interview with Andrea Mitchell Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry called on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the anti-gay bill, a measure that would allow anyone in business to refuse service to others on the basis of religious beliefs.

"I'm counting on the governor," Kerry said. "I cannot image how that law would withstand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court of the United States. So I would hope that she'll make the right decision."

"This has not been an easy path in the United States," he added. "But what's important is we're on the path, we're staying steady, we've made enormous progress in the United States and we will stand up for people's rights anywhere in the world because that's who we are in the United States of America."

Pressure continues to mount with companies such as Delta Airlines, Yelp, and Apple all releasing statements calling for a veto.

And on social media, Brewer's Twitter feed has been inundated, with tweets from investor Steve Case, actor George Takei, Mitt Romney, John McCain and Starwood Hotels among others.

According to PetSmart CEO David Lenhardt, the bill is "bad for Arizona business."

"We think it's bad for the people of Arizona," he said in an interview with CNBC.

And on Tuesday a report indicated the NFL is putting pressure on Brewer "behind the scenes" to veto the bill. Super Bowl XLIX is slated to take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Brewer is expected to make her decision on Thursday or Friday. She has until Saturday to either sign or veto the bill, and recently tweeted "I will do the right thing for the State of Arizona."

To watch more of Andrea Mitchell's conversation with Kerry, we've posted the interview in its entirety below. They discuss Arizona's anti-gay bill in Part 2, at 6 minutes and 14 seconds.

PART 1

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PART 2

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