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Arizona legislature expands religious freedom protections

Catholic World News - February 21, 2014

Over the opposition of gay advocacy organizations, both houses of the Arizona legislature have passed a measure expanding religious freedom protections in the state.

The bill extends religious freedom protections to every “individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity” where current law mentions only “a religious assembly or institution.”

The Associated Press reported that the measure passed by margins of 33-27 in the state house and 17-13 in the state senate. It is unclear whether Gov. Jan Brewer will sign the bill into law.

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  • Posted by: mateskub8508 - Feb. 22, 2014 3:38 AM ET USA

    The AP article tries to make it look like this bill would allow businesses to refuse service to someone based on religious beliefs just because it is known that the person experiences attraction to the same sex... The biggest weapon of the gay agenda is twisting the meaning of words.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Feb. 21, 2014 6:02 AM ET USA

    I guess that the 1st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is no longer good enough to ensure protection from the special interest lobbies.

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