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February 25th, 2014
06:36 PM ET

Former GOP Arizona congressman: Controversial bill is 'morally indefensible'

(CNN) – It's just one bill in just one state, and yet it has divided a country.

But now, it's looking increasingly like the controversial bill to amend Arizona's Religious Freedom Restoration Act will not become law. Sources tell CNN that Arizona's Republican Governor Jan Brewer will likely veto the bill, which would protect business owners from lawsuits if they cite religious beliefs in refusing service to certain customers.

Opponents frame it as a way of legalizing discrimination, largely against the gay community. Supporters say it protects first amendment religious freedom, though now there are fewer of those supporters in the state senate.

Three Republicans who originally voted for the bill are now asking Brewer to veto it.

"It's not needed, and it does send the wrong message," said Arizona congressman Jim Kolbe, one of the first Republican congressmen to reveal he is gay while in office.

"It's morally indefensible to say that people should be able to discriminate on the basis of one's sexual orientation, and there not be any repercussions from that," said Kolbe.

For more of our interview with former Arizona Rep. Jim Kolbe, check out the video above.

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