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New Arizona Bill Pushes Religious Freedom Again But Is Also Called Anti-Gay

 
New Arizona Bill Pushes Religious Freedom Again But Is Also Called Anti-Gay
Posted March 4th, 2014 @ 6:07am

Here we go again.  This is HB 2481 which basically would protect clergy and judges from performing marriages that are against their religious beliefs.

 

 

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 

HB 2481 

religious beliefs; solemnization of marriages 

Sponsors: Representatives Montenegro, Allen, Barton, et al. 

 

X Committee on Government 

 Caucus and COW 

 House Engrossed 

OVERVIEW 

HB 2481 prohibits government from requiring a minister to solemnize a marriage that is 

inconsistent with the minister’s sincerely held religious beliefs. 

HISTORY 

Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) § 41-1442 deems discrimination in places of public 

accommodation against any person because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin or 

ancestry unlawful. However, it is not an unlawful practice for a person to fail to provide service 

at a place of public accommodation if by providing the service the person would violate a state 

or federal law or a rule that is adopted by a state or federal board, commission or agency that has 

jurisdiction. 

Arizona’s free exercise of religion statutes were established by Laws 1999, Chapter 332. Free 

exercise of religion is a fundamental right that applies in this state even if laws, rules or other 

government actions are neutral. The government shall not substantially burden a person's 

exercise of religion unless it demonstrates that application of the burden to the person is both: a) 

in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest; b) the least restrictive means of furthering 

that compelling governmental interest (A.R.S. § 41-1443.01). 

PROVISIONS 

• Prohibits government from requiring a minister to solemnize a marriage that is inconsistent 

with the minister’s sincerely held religious beliefs. 

• Specifies that a church is not required to ecumenically recognize, facilitate or solemnize a 

marriage that is inconsistent with the sincerely held religious belief, doctrine or tenet of the 

church. 

• Defines church as a religious assembly or institution but specifies that it does not include a 

hospital, hotel, restaurant, retail or service business or any other traditional place of 

accommodation. 

• Defines minister as an individual who is authorized to solemnize a marriage pursuant to 

statute. 

• Cited as “Arizona’s First Freedom Act”. 

• Contains a severability clause. 

• Makes technical and conforming changes. 

 

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