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.”
First published February 26 2014, 9:43 AM
Carrie Dann is a national political writer for NBCNews.com. She has worked for NBC and NBCNews.com since 2006. Dann writes about politics and Congress. Dann rejoined the web team after 18 months as a campaign reporter for NBC News, covering presidential and vice presidential candidates during the 2012 election. She also covered the 2007-2008 presidential campaign for NBC, including extensive reporting on the Iowa caucuses.
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Prior to her work at NBCNews.com, Dann was a staff reporter at CongressDaily, where she covered lobbying and government reform.
A Virginia native, she now lives in Washington, D.C.