Among other things, the bill would expand those protected by the religious-freedom law for religious assemblies and institutions to "any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity.”
The conservative advocacy group Center for Arizona Policy has been pushing the measure as a way to protect photographers and bakers from having to provide services for same-sex weddings, which are not even legal in Arizona.
And Yarbrough told The Seirra Vista Herald that the bill would allow hotel owners to refuse to rent rooms to LGBT people and would protect businesses that had a religious objection to hiring unmarried women.
But the lawmaker also insisted to The Arizona Republic that "[p]rohibited discrimination remains prohibited."
“In no way does this bill allow discrimination of any kind," he said.
A similar bill was passed by both the Arizona House and Senate last year before being vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer (R), who refused to sign any bills until the legislature acted on expanding Medicaid.
Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Tuesday grilled a pastor who supports the separation of church and state, asking him why he did not share the "good news" that non-Christians were going to Hell.
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