Arizona Sen. John McCain weighed in Monday on controversial legislation in his home state that would let businesses refuse to serve gays and lesbians if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Gov. Jan Brewer said "I’ve got plenty of time" to make a decision on whether or not to sign or veto the legislation, which sparked strong reaction from opponents who called it "state-sanctioned discrimination" and an embarrassment.
The religious protection argument is seen as one of the next battle lines in the fight over gay rights. Similar legislation has been introduced in Ohio, Mississippi, Idaho, South Dakota, Tennessee and Oklahoma, but Arizona's plan is the only one that has passed.
— Miranda Leitsinger
First published February 24 2014, 9:41 AM
Miranda Leitsinger is a reporter at NBC News. She started this role in February 2011. Leitsinger is responsible for long-term enterprise and breaking news coverage. Her beats include recovery from natural disasters and mass shootings, the LGBT community, income inequality, immigration and the Boy Scouts.
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Leitsinger previously worked at CNN.com in Hong Kong as a digital producer, where she collaborated with the network's television staff in Asia to produce enterprise stories for the website. Before that she worked as a reporter at The Associated Press for seven years in various cities, including New York, Miami, Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Bangkok, Thailand, and San Juan, Puerto Rico. She covered the aftermath of 9/11 in Florida, the 2004 tsunami in Asia, the initial military tribunal at Guantanamo and Cambodia's bid to recover from genocide and the ensuing decades of civil war.
Leitsinger, a San Francisco native, lives in New York.