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Anti-gay law threatening Super Bowl XLVX in Arizona

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Super Bowl XLVX is scheduled to take place at the University of Phoenix Stadium, Arizona in 2015.

But this could yet change, it has emerged, with the NFL on alert after the state legislature passed a Bill that would allow businesses to deny service to anybody based on their religious beliefs.

The Bill has been seen by many as in effect an anti-gay legislation, and although Gov. Jan Brewer is yet to sign the bill into law, the NFL admitted in a statement Monday that it was monitoring the situation:

"(We are) following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law.

"Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard," the statement read

The league has already taken away the Super Bowl from Arizona previously, when in 1993 the game was switched to California in response to the state's refusal to make Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday a state holiday. 

It must be said that the Arizona host committee has also voiced their concern with the bill in recent days:

"We do not support this legislation.

"We look forward to continuing to promote the NFL's values...and capturing the positive worldwide attention associated with hosting Super Bowl XLVX."

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