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Kerry Says High Court Would Strike Down Arizona Anti-Gay Law

Secretary of State John Kerry said that he “cannot imagine” how a proposed Arizona law that could allow businesses to deny services to gays and lesbians would be deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court.

“I cannot imagine how that law would withstand the scrutiny of the Supreme Court of the United States,” Kerry said of the bill, SB 1062, which Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has been under pressure from many fellow Republicans to veto. “So I would hope that she would make the right decision.”

Kerry’s remarks came during an exclusive interview with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

The secretary of state emphasized that he hopes Brewer will choose to veto the bill.

“Let’s see whether the governor vetoes it,” he said. ‘I am counting on the governor.”