Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill to add protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.
Earlier in the day, Brewer met privately with opponents and supporters of the bill, including its primary sponsor.
Brewer's decision defused a national furor over gay rights and religious freedom in the state. Critics called it blatantly discriminatory and embarrassing to Arizona.
In an evening news conference, Brewer said she had not heard of specific examples of businesses being forced to violate their religious beliefs. She said the bill was too broad and would create more problems than it would solve.