The proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act was sent to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer Monday from the state Senate. She has until Saturday to decide on signing, vetoing or letting it become law without her signature.
The legislation, SB 1062, raised political ire when both Arizona legislative chambers passed it largely along party lines last week because of claims it could lead to discrimination against gay people.
The bill would allow people with a "sincerely held religious belief" to decline to do business with someone if doing business would cross the line of that belief. Opponents say it will lead to discrimination against gay people.
All 17 Senate Republicans voted for it, while all 13 Democrats opposed it, although on Monday, three Republican senators - Steve Pierce, Bob Worsley and Adam Driggs - said they wanted to reverse their positions and urged Brewer to veto the bill.
After the bill was sent to the governor, a handful of state Senate Democrats spoke on the floor, also asking Brewer to veto the proposal.
"We’re not a third world country like Uganda," Sen. Robert Meza, D-Phoenix. "We’re the premier country in the world. Let’s behave like it, let’s act like it and remember social justice is for everyone."
Arizona's two U.S. Senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake, both Republicans, urged a veto, as did the three Southern Arizona’s U.S. House members, all Democrats.
Several large business organizations across the state are also joining in that call to stop the bill.