Feb 26, 2013 3:44 AM by Associated Press

Diocese opposes changes to non-discrimination law

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix is opposing any changes to the city's non-discrimination law that would provide certain protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents.

The diocese released a statement Monday saying Catholic leadership in the Phoenix metropolitan area condemns any hostility toward LGBT residents.

But the diocese says it believes the city's proposal is "so broadly worded that it risks trampling the religious liberties of Phoenix citizens for doing nothing more than living their faith."

The Phoenix City Council has a hearing scheduled Tuesday afternoon and will vote on the proposed changes.

Supporters say the changes are similar to non-discrimination laws adopted by at least 166 other cities and counties across the country.

The changes would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations such as restaurants and hotels.


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