PHOENIX (AP) -- The state legislature has passed a Republican-backed bill that expands the rights of people to assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays and others.
Democrats and civil rights groups opposed the measure, saying it would allow discriminatory actions by businesses.
On Wednesday a similar bill passed the Senate. That bill was sponsored by Senator Steve Yarbrough who says the bill was inspired by a case out of New Mexico where a gay couple sued a wedding photographer who refused to shoot their wedding because they were gay.
The bill now goes to Arizona Governor Jan Brewer for a signature or a veto.