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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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U.S. Sen. John McCain says governor should veto Arizona’s anti-gay bill

| Monday, February 24, 2014
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U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday said that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others.

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Ariz. business leaders call for veto of anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Monday, February 24, 2014
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PHOENIX — Arizona's biggest business advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill allowing business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to refuse service to gays.

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‘Oh my’ – George Takei is peeved over Arizona’s anti-gay religious freedom bill

| Sunday, February 23, 2014
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Star Trek legend and LGBT rights activist George Takei is speaking out over Arizona's controversial legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others.

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GOP U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake of Ariz. says he hopes governor vetoes anti-gay bill

| Saturday, February 22, 2014
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U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said Saturday that Arizona governor Jan Brewer should veto legislation that would allow business owners to cite their religious beliefs in refusing to serve gay and lesbian customers and others.

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Ariz. secretary of state, treasurer say governor should veto anti-gay bill

| Saturday, February 22, 2014
Ariz. Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R), left, and Treasurer Doug Ducey (R).
PHOENIX -- Arizona's Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Treasurer Doug Ducey, both GOP candidates for governor, say a bill allowing business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs should be vetoed.

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Protesters rally at Ariz. state capitol to demand governor veto anti-gay bill

| Friday, February 21, 2014
Protestors rally at the Arizona state capitol complex demanding that Gov. Jan Brewer veto SB 1062.
PHOENIX — Hundreds of people have gathered at the Arizona Capitol to demand that Gov. Jan Brewer veto legislation that would allow business owners to refuse to serve gays by citing their religious beliefs.

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Ariz. governor asked to veto bill allowing religious discrimination against gays

| Friday, February 21, 2014
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[caption id="attachment_129729" align="alignleft" width="665"] APGov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.)[/caption] PHOENIX — Four years after igniting a national uproar over immigration, the Arizona Legislature has jumped into the battle over gay rights with a piece of legislation that had opponents on Friday predicting business boycotts against the...

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Pro-LGBT lawmaker says Ariz. bill tells gays ‘We don’t want you here’

| Friday, February 21, 2014
Michael Schennum, The Arizona Republic (AP)House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, (D) Phoenix, argues on the House Floor in Phoenix on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, that House Bill 2153 would discriminate against gays and others. The measure, written by the conservative advocacty group Center for Arizona Policy and the Christian legal organization Alliance Defending Freedom, would allow individuals to use religious beliefs as a defense in a lawsuit filed by another individual.
Arizona state lawmaker Chad Campbell, an LGBT rights advocate and vocal opponent of a bill passed in the state legislature that would allow for religious discrimination against LGBT people, appeared on CNN on Friday to discuss the implications of the measure should it be signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer.

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Arizona – Why You Gotta Be So Mean?

| Friday, February 21, 2014
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It’s not just the LGBTQ folks who should be upset by this hideous Arizona law. Every American should be concerned that by simply being who you are you can be refused service, refused a place to live, refused a job, refused anything if someone believes that to give you said thing or service would violate their practice and observance of their religion. And what sort of religion would encourage anyone to discriminate? You either believe that love and peace is for every human being or you do not...

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Tucson pizzeria reserves right to refuse service to Ariz. lawmakers

| Friday, February 21, 2014
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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A local pizzeria in Tucson, Ariz., has a message for state lawmakers who, on Thursday, approved legislation that allows business owners to assert their religious beliefs by refusing service to gays and others.

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