Arizona to protect religious individuals and businesses from LGBT legal persecution…

Arizona to protect religious individuals and businesses from LGBT legal persecution

Bill: SB1062/HB2153 (PDF)

Sponsored by Rep. Farnsworth in the House and Sen. Yarbrough in the Senate, but vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer, SB1062 says that the State of Arizona, and all its subdivisions, may not “burden a person’s exercise of religion.” The mandate protects religious objections by “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity.” Finally, the bill provides that “a person whose religious exercise is burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, and obtain appropriate relief against a government regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding. The person asserting such a claim or defense may obtain appropriate relief.” This bill updates Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

Also: “CNN: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes controversial anti-gay bill, SB 1062”

“Arizona SB1062 defends religious liberty, does not discriminate against gays”

“Arizona House votes 33-27 to protect religious objectors from LGBT discrimination lawsuits”

“Arizona ‘religious freedom’ bill angers gay rights supporters”

“Bill enhancing religious defense advances in Arizona Legislature”

“Why our religious freedom needs more protection”

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