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Fri., Feb. 21, 2014, 1:19 p.m.

Arizona OKs Religious Freedom Bill

Gov. Jan Brewer is going to get the last word on whether Arizona business owners can cite their religion as a reason to turn away gays — and maybe others. On a largely party-line vote, the state House late Thursday gave final approval to legislation providing a legal shield to individuals and businesses who face claims of discrimination, essentially saying a “sincerely held” religious belief can immunize that person or firm against lawsuits. The Senate already has approved SB 1062. Brewer has generally sided with groups such as the Center for Arizona Policy, which supports the legislation on the grounds that it keeps people from having to act against their religious beliefs/Arizona Daily Star. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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