The Arizona House and Senate have both passed a bill that would protect those who discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of their religious beliefs. It’s been sent to Gov. Jan Brewer, who will most likely sign it.
If the governor signs it, this law would give businesses and individuals the right to discriminate against LGBT people if serving them would violate their religious beliefs. The law could also extend to affect other groups, like single women and people of different religions.
Similar measures have been proposed in several states in the wake of discrimination complaints by gay couples, but Arizona is poised to be the first to pass one into law. Brewer has five days to sign the bill, veto it, or do nothing and allow it to become law without her signature, The Arizona Republic reports.
She vetoed a nearly identical bill last year, but that was because of legislative disputes over the state budget and Medicaid expansion, as she said she would not sign any bills into law until those issues were resolved, the Republic notes. Brewer has not commented on this year’s legislation, as is her practice before bills reach her desk, but the new measure has a good chance of becoming law, according to the paper.
Nope nope nope nope nope. You messed up, Arizona. Updates to come about whether Gov. Brewer signs it.