Arizona Passes Discrimination Bill

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer speaks after signing an expansion of the state's Medicaid program into law, at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix June 17, 2013. Brewer signed a law on Monday to expand Medicaid, embracing a key part of Democratic President Barack Obama's healthcare plan in a hard-won policy victory over conservatives in her own party.   REUTERS/Joshua Lott (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS HEALTH) - RTX10RBK

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    A "right to discriminate" bill passed Arizona's legislature late Thursday and is on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer for signing. The legislation allow individuals, corporations, and religious bodies to use religious beliefs to defend themselves in a discrimination lawsuit. Opponents say this would protect the right of employers to not hire anyone who isn't Christian, and prevent LGBT community members from accessing virtually any services. Meanwhile, advocates defend the bill as a protection of religious liberties. In Kansas, a similar “Jim Crow-style” bill is on the table that would allow individuals to decline providing a service that's contrary to their religious beliefs.

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