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
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:
TheNewCivilRightsMovement explains the new controversial bill:
Part of their public service as a government official extends to performing civil, not religious, marriage ceremonies, she said.
Posted on March 1, 2014, in LGBT Equality, News & Politics, Political and tagged arizona, Arizona Discrimination Gays, arizona homophobia, Arizona Legislation, Arizona’s First Freedom Act, First Freedom Act, HB-2481, HB-2481 Arizona’s First Freedom Act, homophobia, lgbt rights, right to refuse. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Arizona just won’t quit: New Arizona Bill Would Allow Judges To Discriminate Against Same-Sex Couples.