Bill Allowing Religion-Based Discrimination Against Gays Introduced in Arizona

An Arizona lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow religious-based discrimination against gays, the Arizona Daily Star reports:

YarbroughSB 1062 would allow businesses sued in a civil case to claim they have a legal right to not provide service to an individual or group because it would “substantially burden’’ their freedom of religion.

Sen. Steve Yarbrough, R-Chandler, said the measure is aimed specifically at preventing what happened in New Mexico, where courts said a gay couple could sue a photographer who refused to take their wedding pictures. But Yarbrough said his legislation could also be interpreted to allow motels with vacant rooms to refuse to rent to gays.

More details at The Daily Star

Posted January 16, 2014 at 8:41pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Arizona, News