Arizona citizens empowered to sue over threats to religious liberties…

Arizona citizens empowered to sue over threats to religious liberties

Bill: SB1178 (PDF)

Introduced by Rep. Farnsworth as a “strike everything” amended bill, and passed by the legislature, SB1178 would empower Arizona citizens to sue special interest groups and also the government for any impending violations of religious liberty. SB1178 states: “A person whose religious exercise is burdened or is likely to be burdened may assert that violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding. The person asserting such a claim or defense may obtain appropriate relief, including relief against the government. A party who prevails in any action to enforce this article against a government shall recover attorney fees and costs.” SB1178 also states that a person’s religious liberty may be burdened only if the opposing party proves that such action is (1) “essential to further a compelling government interest” and (2) “the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling government interest.”

Also: “Religious freedom at center of legislation at Arizona Capitol”

“Arizona House passes bill protecting religion”