Feb 4, 2014 6:28 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) - Changes to a proposed law beefing up protections for people who assert their religious beliefs aren't placating critics who call the bill a way to allow discrimination against gays and others.
The bill first introduced in the Arizona Senate by Republican Sen. Steve Yarbrough was amended in a House committee Tuesday to try to mollify the concerns of the civil rights groups. But members of the lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender community and secular groups still strongly oppose the bill being pushed by the conservative Center for Arizona Policy.
They argued that it would still allow businesses to discriminate against gays or members of other religions.
Republican Rep. Eddie Farnsworth called the concerns false.
The bill passed the House government committee on a 5-2 vote with the two Democrats opposing.
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