Mechanism of the Arizona "anti-gay bill"?
February 24, 2014 7:12 AM Subscribe
How does Arizona's SB 1062 work to protect those seeking to discriminate against others based on religious grounds?
posted by rocketpup to Law & Government (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I found the text of the bill here
It seems to be an amendment to an existing law that protects religious institutions against state action for any actions or non-actions undertaken in accordance with their religious beliefs. the amendment extends that protection to any individual, business or other organization.
My question is, what would be the risk of legal trouble for someone engaging in religion-based discrimination absent this law in either its present or amended forms?
Presumably it would be useless against a constitutional challenge that otherwise had merit. If there is another law that could be used to bring suit, how is it determined which law takes precedence? Or does it just prevent the legal machinery from getting started to even consider the question on a state level? If so, is it only vulnerable to challenge at the Federal level?
I haven't been able to find any discussion of the actual details of the law anywhere, just the headline generating result. Can Ask Mefi's legal minds bring some clarity?