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Phoenix government to force you to love your neighbor????

Feb 12, 2013

Arizona Republic

At AU Phoenix we get along with our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender neighbors very well and in fact many of them are members of AU Phoenix.

But there are many religious groups who's religious doctrines demand that they discriminate against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people. One good example is the Christian Bible which routinely discriminates against gays.

While we don't agree with those religious beliefs that it is their First Amendment right to have their religious beliefs.

So while this Phoenix law is well intended, the law is a form of religious discrimination and violates the First Amendment.

Phoenix hearing to focus on discrimination ordinance

By Dustin Gardiner The Republic

Phoenix will hold a public hearing Tuesday night on proposed changes to its discrimination ordinance, including protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

The city is considering amending the law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Discrimination would be prohibited in the areas of housing, employment and public accommodations, such as restaurants or hotels.

City code currently offers no such safeguards, excluding city workers. State and federal laws don’t provide protections.

Leaders also proposed outlawing discrimination against disabled people in employment and public accommodations. Federal law gives protections in these areas, so the change would not have as much impact. The hearing will be held at 5:30p.m. at the Adams Street Training Center, 304 W. Adams St.