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Rep. Clinco calls AZ's SB 1062 'appalling'

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Rep. Demion Clinco, D-Tucson, District 2  (Source: Arizona House Democrats) Rep. Demion Clinco, D-Tucson, District 2 (Source: Arizona House Democrats)
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A lawmaker, who is the only openly gay member of the Arizona House of Representatives, calls the state bill 1062 "discriminatory" and "appalling."

On Thursday afternoon the House passed the bill that expands the rights of people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others. The bill now goes to the governor for consideration.

Rep. Demion Clinco, D-Tucson, said it's "appalling to see state-sanctioned discrimination being promoted under the veil of religious freedom."

"As the only representative of the LGBTQ community at the State House, I have to express my complete disappointment in those who supported this bill," Clinco state in a statement released Friday.

"This legislation clearly targets the LGBTQ community and cities like Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff that have extended civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community. I began serving in this chamber less than a month ago, and already I am seeing the dramatic lengths the extremists here will go to push an agenda. For the state to actively pursue legislation that would justify discrimination is an affront to the people of Arizona."

The bill is heavily backed by the conservative, religious organization Center for Arizona Policy.

"In America, people should be free to live and work according to their faith," said Josh Kredit, legal counsel for CAP.

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