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Diocese opposes changes to non-discrimination law

PHOENIX — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix opposes changes to the
city’s non-discrimination law that would provide protections for gay, lesbian,
bisexual and transgender residents.

A statement released Monday by the diocese says Catholic leadership in the
Phoenix metropolitan area condemns any hostility toward gay 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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