Arizona heading off fights over homosexual weddings
In Washington and Colorado, bakeries have been sued for refusing to use their artistry to promote same-sex marriage. A photographer in New Mexico was put in the bullâ€™s-eye by homosexual activists for the same reason.
Now Arizonaâ€™s House Bill 2153 is headed for Gov. Jan Brewerâ€™s desk, after it was approved by the state Legislature.
It allows individuals to use their faith as a defense against a lawsuit. It would expand the stateâ€™s definition of the exercise of religion to include the practice and observance, and allow for legal claims of free exercise regardless whether the government is a party to any proceeding.
It also would protect â€śany individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution or other business organizationâ€ť and allow them to establish a free exercise defense by affirming that an action is motivated by a religious belief, that belief is...