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Religious Freedom

AZ religious freedom law may get new life

AZ religious freedom law may get new life

PHOENIX — The group behind a vetoed religious freedom law intends to study last week’s Supreme Court health-care mandates as a chance to revamp and revive its proposal next year.

July 06, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Congressional delegation weighs in on Arizona's controversial bill

We asked Arizona’s congressional delegation, and candidates for Congress, for their thoughts on SB 1062, the Arizona legislation that would allow businesses to refuse service to people based on religious beliefs. The legislation passed the state House and Senate, and is awaiting a decision f…

February 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
S. Arizona Lawmakers, candidates for governor respond to SB 1062

S. Arizona Lawmakers, candidates for governor respond to SB 1062

We asked Southern Arizona lawmakers and candidates for governor for their thoughts on SB 1062, legislation that would allow businesses to discriminate against customers based on religious belief. Gov. Jan Brewer must decide whether to sign it, let it become law without her signature, or veto it.

February 25, 2014 12:00 am Related Loading…

Bill enhancing religious defense advances in Arizona Legislature

PHOENIX — Rejecting claims that it will lead to discrimination, a House panel voted 5-2 Tuesday to give individuals and the businesses they own more rights to refuse to provide services based on their religious beliefs.

February 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Law protecting clerics from having to perform gay weddings proposed

PHOENIX — A state lawmaker who also is a pastor unveiled legislation Friday designed to protect himself and other religious leaders from being forced to marry same-sex couples.

January 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Gov. Brewer upholds threat to veto all bills until budget, Medicaid expansion pass

PHOENIX - Refusing to blink, Gov. Jan Brewer late Thursday vetoed five bills sent to her this week by Senate President Andy Biggs, who sent them to her despite her threat she would do just that.

May 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Brewer is sent bills on religious freedom

PHOENIX - State senators gave final approval Wednesday to legislation supporters say enhance religious freedom while foes contend it will let people use their beliefs as an excuse to discriminate.

May 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
AZ House debate: Did lawmaker deliver a nonprayer?

AZ House debate: Did lawmaker deliver a nonprayer?

Sen. Steve Smith challenged atheist's words.

May 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
AZ House debate: Did lawmaker deliver a nonprayer?

AZ House debate: Did lawmaker deliver a nonprayer?

PHOENIX - When is a prayer not a prayer?

May 23, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Victim's sister irate over Atwood lawsuit

Victim's sister irate over Atwood lawsuit

In case you haven't heard, Frank Jarvis Atwood, one of Arizona's longest residents on death row, is suing the state because he's not getting to visit his priest as often as he would like.

February 05, 2013 9:41 am Related

Birth-control-exclusion bill goes to Arizona Senate

PHOENIX - A Senate panel voted Monday to let employers with religious or moral objections refuse to include contraceptive coverage in their health insurance plans for their workers.

March 13, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Josh Brodesky: Good luck getting those (fictional) $4 birth control pills

Women's health has become an important men's issue.

March 08, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

AZ lawmakers seek broader protections for acts of religious conscience

PHOENIX - Citing the fight in Washington over insurance coverage for birth control, the state Senate voted Tuesday to provide new legal protections for professionals who act or refuse to do things that violate their "sincerely held religious beliefs."

February 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

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