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02/24/2014 06:36 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

American Airlines, Marriott Urge Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Bill

Gov. Jan Brewer speaks during a news conference prior to signing a letter to the Obama administration, and is appealing the F
Gov. Jan Brewer speaks during a news conference prior to signing a letter to the Obama administration, and is appealing the FEMA denial of disaster assistance for the June wildfire that killed 19 firefighters and destroyed more than 100 homes in the town of Yarnell, on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in Phoenix. The governor said Wednesday that the uninsured damage has gone up and that the Federal Emergency Management Agency didn't take into account the high number of poor and elderly residents when it denied the disaster declaration request last month. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Marriott Hotels and American Airlines have both written letters to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) requesting that she veto the pending anti-gay legislation SB 1062. The bill, which passed both houses of the state legislature last week, would allow businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples on the grounds of "religious freedom."

BuzzFeed legal editor Chris Geidner tweeted what he said was a copy of Marriott's letter Monday. In the letter, the hotel chain said the law would have “profound negative impacts” both on hotels operating in Arizona and the state's economy as a whole. Marriott did not immediately return The Huffington Post's requests for comment.

American Airlines sent a separate letter Monday expressing similar sentiments. If enacted, the airline said, the law would “jeopardize” Arizona’s economic recovery by “reducing the desire of businesses to locate in Arizona.”

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