- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 2, 2014

PHOENIX (AP) - Gov. Jan Brewer says she is disappointed that Phoenix is out of contention to host the next Republican National Convention.

The governor said Wednesday that Arizona would have been a great host for the convention.

Brewer says she does not believe the controversy surrounding Senate Bill 1062 had anything to do with the decision.

The bill, which she vetoed in February, would have shielded businesses whose owners cite sincerely held religious beliefs from being sued for denying service to gays.

Its proposal led to threats of boycotts and cancellations of high-profile events in Arizona.

The Republican National Committee on Wednesday narrowed the field of possible convention cities to six.

Las Vegas has emerged as an early frontrunner thanks to the backing of a GOP mega-donor and casino owner.


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