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LGBT Rights in Arizona: A constitutional ban on same-sex marriage was approved by voters in November 2008. Arizona law does not address discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Arizona does include sexual orientation as a protected group covered by its hate crimes law, but not gender identity.

Current challenges to Arizona’s same-sex marriage ban: Connolly v. Roche, Majors v. Horne.

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Ariz. governor Jan Brewer vetoes anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.) vetoes SB 1062.
PHOENIX -- Arizona governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a controversial bill that would have added protections for people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others.

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Transcript: Ariz. governor Jan Brewer’s statement on vetoed bill

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
PHOENIX — Following is a transcript of the statement read by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Wednesday regarding her veto of a bill allowing religious reasons for refusing service to gays:

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Religious freedom bill raises complicated legal questions for Ariz., other states

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.
[caption id="attachment_130124" align="alignleft" width="665"] Cheryl Evans, The Arizona Republic (AP)Opponents of the SB1062, a religious freedom bill, urged Gov. Brewer to veto the bill during a protest rally at the state Capitol, Friday, Feb. 21, 2014.[/caption] PHOENIX — The bill has galvanized business leaders and...

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Hispanic National Bar Association pulls conference from Arizona

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Phoenix, Ariz.
WASHINGTON -- The Hispanic National Bar Association on Wednesday said it cancelled its 2015 convention in Phoenix over legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.

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Secretary of State John Kerry calls on Arizona governor to veto anti-gay law

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
John Kerry
WASHINGTON -- America's top diplomat predicted that the U.S. Supreme Court would strike down an anti-gay proposal in Arizona if it ever becomes law and called Wednesday on the state's governor to "make the right decision" and veto it.

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Ariz. governor holds private meetings over anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Wednesday, February 26, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
PHOENIX -- Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer held a series of private meetings Wednesday with opponents and proponents of legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays, a proposal that has focused national attention on the state as business groups, gay rights supporters and even many fellow Republicans urged her to use her veto power.

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Ariz. governor returns home amid furor over anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
PHOENIX — Gov. Jan Brewer returned to Arizona on Tuesday and faced a pressing decision about a bill on her desk that has prompted a national debate over religious and gay rights.

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Reports: Arizona governor likely to veto anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)
Arizona governor Jan Brewer is likely to veto a controversial "religious freedom" bill that would allow business owners with to deny service to gay people, reports NBC News, citing sources close to the governor who are "familiar with her thinking."

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Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

| Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.
The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people.

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State senator tells Anderson Cooper there’s no discrimination in Arizona

| Monday, February 24, 2014
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In an interview with Anderson Cooper on Monday, Arizona GOP state Senator and gubernatorial candidate Al Melvin defended Arizona's SB 1062, the controversial the bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs.

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