Arizona Legislature Passes Bill To Refuse Service To Gays

(Phoenix, AZ) -- A measure that would allow Arizona businesses to refuse service to gay people based on religious beliefs is headed to Governor Jan Brewer after passage in the state legislature. Arizona already has laws in place that protect individuals and businesses from state action that would hinder their right to exercise their faith. This bill would extend that protection to private transactions and allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense against a lawsuit. Democratic opponents call the proposal a right to discriminate and an embarrassment.