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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 bull‚Äôs-eye by homosexual activists for the same reason.
Now Arizona‚Äôs House Bill 2153 is headed for Gov. Jan Brewer‚Äôs 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 state‚Äôs 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 ‚Äúany individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution or other business organization‚ÄĚ and allow them to establish a free exercise defense by affirming that an action is motivated by a religious belief, that belief is...