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February 26, 2014
Arizona Lawmaker Defends Controversial Religious Freedom Law: 'The Pillars of Society Are Under Attack'
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National Journal:

For anyone dismayed that a small band of conservative politicians have yet again hijacked Arizona's image and cast the state as a place of intolerance and bigotry, Monday night didn't help.

In an interview with CNN's Anderson Cooper, Arizona State Sen. Al Melvin, a Republican, spent more than 10 minutes defending the law recently passed by both chambers of the Legislature that would make it legal for businesses, under the auspices of "sincerely held" religious freedom, to discriminate against others, which most observers see as an attack on the LGBT community. The back-and-forth verbal sparring between Cooper and Melvin is a baffling case study of how to duck difficult questions, even for cable-news standards. It featured, among other things, an amusing discussion of what Jesus would have discriminated against, whether society judges divorce, and to what extent the "media frenzy" is to blame for Arizona's once-again tarnished reputation.

02/26/14 4:50 PM
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