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    Arizona's SB 1062 : There's a separation of state religion

     

    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     Massachusetts resident mikezmac called the Arizona bill "a wolf in sheep's clothing." He told us, "I am not biased against religion at all. I just find it repulsive when religion is used as a tool to repress or hurt people, and I feel that is what the intent of this bill is." As a gay man who was legally married this past October, he finds this bill and others like it offensive. "My husband and I firmly believe that as taxpayers and hard-working Americans that we should have all the same rights as anyone else that is an American taxpayer," he said. "We are offended by some religious factions that are continuously interfering with our rights and making the attempts to prevent them from being gained."
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    If business was run by religion then Arizona's SB 1062 would be understandable but Business is run by government and by law. There's a separation of state and religion. This bill shouldn't even be considered.

    Another factor to consider is that "Center for Arizona Policy", who put forth this bill led the 2008 amendment campaign to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman. "Center for Arizona Policy" are well known for being anti same-sex marriage and anti gay, so I find this hard to believe that this bill is purely a "religious freedoms act" and not an oppressive piece of legislature in sheep's clothing. They are continuing their anti-gay legislative rampage and trying to cover up their agenda with religion.

    I am not partial to hypocrisy and sneaky legislature. I wouldn't call this "Family Values".

    Ohio and Arizona must share a brain, the anti-gay legislature in each is almost word for word. This is not one state's bill, it's now a multi state conspiracy. Take a look below at the wording in both Ohio's - H. B. No. 376 and Arizona's - S.B. 1062.

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    Ohio's - H. B. No. 376
    (C) "Exercise of religion" means the practice or observance of religion. "Exercise of religion" includes, but is not limited to, the ability to act or the refusal to act in a manner that is substantially motivated by one's sincerely held religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.

    Arizona's - S.B. 1062

    2. "Exercise of religion" means the PRACTICE OR OBSERVANCE OF RELIGION, INCLUDING THE ability to act or refusal to act in a manner substantially motivated by a religious belief, whether or not the exercise is compulsory or central to a larger system of religious belief.

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    Ohio's - H. B. No. 376

    Sec. 9.692. (A) State action or an action by any person based on state action shall not burden a person's right to exercise of religion, even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability, unless it is demonstrated that applying the burden to that person's exercise of religion in that particular instance is both of the following:
    (1) Essential to further a compelling governmental interest;
    (2) The least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

    (B) A person whose exercise of religion has been burdened or is likely to be burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, regardless of whether the state or a political subdivision of the state is a party to the proceeding. The person asserting that claim or defense may obtain appropriate relief, including relief against the state or a political subdivision of the state. Appropriate relief includes, but is not limited to, injunctive relief, declaratory relief, compensatory damages, and the recovery of costs and reasonable attorney's fees.

    Arizona's - S.B. 1062

    C. Government STATE ACTION may substantially burden a person's exercise of religion only if it THE GOVERNMENT OR NONGOVERNMENTAL PERSON SEEKING THE ENFORCEMENT OF STATE ACTION demonstrates that application of the burden to the person PERSON'S EXERCISE OF RELIGION IN THIS PARTICULAR INSTANCE is both:
    1. In furtherance of a compelling governmental interest.
    2. The least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.

    D. A person whose religious exercise is burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, and obtain appropriate relief against a government REGARDLESS OF WHETHER THE GOVERNMENT IS A PARTY TO THE PROCEEDING. E. A PERSON THAT ASSERTS A VIOLATION OF THIS SECTION MUST ESTABLISH ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
    1. THAT THE PERSON'S ACTION OR REFUSAL TO ACT IS MOTIVATED BY A RELIGIOUS BELIEF.
    2. THAT THE PERSON'S RELIGIOUS BELIEF IS SINCERELY HELD.
    3. THAT THE STATE ACTION SUBSTANTIALLY BURDENS THE EXERCISE OF THE PERSON'S RELIGIOUS BELIEFS. F. THE PERSON ASSERTING A CLAIM OR DEFENSE UNDER SUBSECTION D OF THIS SECTION MAY OBTAIN INJUNCTIVE AND DECLARATORY RELIEF. A party who prevails in any action to enforce this article against a government shall recover attorney fees and costs.
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