Arizona just won’t quit: New Arizona Bill Would Allow Judges To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples


New Arizona Bill Would Allow Judges To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

“>New Arizona Bill Would Allow Judges To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples

Arizona’s GOP is far from done trying to pass more anti-gay discrimination bills, despite suffering a major defeat this week after Republican Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, a wide-sweeping religious freedom anti-gay bill.

The bill would have allowed any individual or business to refuse services to anyone if they claimed it would compromise their religious liberty.

HB-2481 or better known as “Arizona’s First Freedom Act,” which was introduced into the Arizona House four weeks ago, now has 35 sponsors and has passed both the House Government Committee and the House Rules Committee.

The bill ”prohibits government from requiring a minister to solemnize a marriage that is inconsistent with the minister’s sincerely held religious beliefs.”

“The intent of my bill is to directly protect clergy, churches, man or woman of the cloth, to protect them from doing marriage ceremonies that go against their faith,” said Rep. Steve Montenegro, who sponsored HB-2481.

The portion of the bill that has raised many eyebrows is this line:

Defines minister as an individual who is authorized to solemnize a marriage pursuant to statute.

TheNewCivilRightsMovement explains the new controversial bill:

That includes, as Talking Points Memo reports, “state and local judges as well as justices of the peace and members of the clergy.”In other words, the state would be yet again, supporting discrimination.Ironically, Arizona does not yet offer the right of marriage to same-sex couples, so this bill would, under Gov. Jan Brewer’s test, which she used to veto SB-1062, automatically fail.

AZCentral adds:

TheAnti-Defamation League has spoken against a provision that would extend the right to refuse to conduct ceremonies to judges, justices of the peace and clerks who perform them.Religious officials are already exempt from lawsuits filed by people who feel they were wrongly denied marriage services, said Tracey Stewart, assistant regional director for the Anti- Defamation League.But judges and other civil servants are not men of the cloth, she said.“Those are usually individuals who are employed by government,” Stewart said.

Part of their public service as a government official extends to performing civil, not religious, marriage ceremonies, she said.

by | on February 28, 2014 http://www.thegailygrind.com/2014/02/28/new-arizona-bill-allow-judges-discriminate-sex-couples/

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