Arizona Senate Passes Bill Allowing Religious-Based Discrimination Published: February 20, 2014

The Arizona Senate voted Wednesday to approve legislation that would expand religious freedom — a measure opponents say would create a “separate unequal class” and allow discrimination against LGBT people, according to

Senators in the state voted 17-13 on the measure, Senate Bill 1062, advancing it to the state’s House, despite the sudden failure of similar legislation in four other states on Tuesday.

Specifically, the bill would prevent the state from taking action against individuals and businesses who refuse services to people or groups based on their religious beliefs if such enforcement would “substantially burden” the free exercise of their religion.

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