Arizona’s law and the free exercise of religion
This week, Arizona’s House of Representatives passed a bill stating that business owners, churches, corporations and other institutions have a right to refuse service or admittance based on an individual’s sexual orientation. According to supporters of the bill, its aim is to protect Arizona citizens’ freedom to abide by their religious beliefs. In order to legally deny service to a gay or lesbian patron, a person or organization must do so because of a genuine religious conviction that would be burdensome if ignored or contradicted. Under this bill, a “free exercise of religion” defense could be used in cases concerning … Continue reading Arizona’s law and the free exercise of religion
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