Center for Arizona Policy (CAP) released the Family Issues Voting Record today, reporting on how Arizona’s 90 state legislators voted on the issues of life, marriage and family, and religious liberty. (more…)
Religious Freedom Wins: Governor signs HB 2625
Law protects religious employers from being forced being forced to violate their religious beliefs
PHOENIX – Governor Jan Brewer has signed HB 2625, which protects religious employers from being forced to violate their religious beliefs by covering abortion-inducing drugs or contraception in their insurance plans.
The new law puts Arizona more in line with other states that do not have restrictive government mandates requiring coverage for these medications. (more…)
The Arizona Senate passed HB 2625 today by a 17-13 vote, after members and the bill’s sponsor, Representative Debbie Lesko, agreed to amend the bill in a conference committee. HB 2625 protects religious employers from being forced to violate their religious beliefs and provide insurance coverage for contraception and abortion-inducing drugs.
Under the proposed conference committee amendment, the religious exemption in Arizona will be expanded to include only organizations that have a religious mission in their articles of incorporation and that operate according to their religious principles. Essentially this means that, if passed, both churches and religious organizations, such as charities and other parachurch ministries, would be exempt from the government mandate.
Despite what Planned Parenthood and the bills’ opponents say, the impact of HB 2625 is not unfounded or rare. In fact, a majority of states will have less restrictive mandates than Arizona would under the bill. The graph below illustrates the impact of HB 2625:
The bill was passed with the agreement that the amendments will be added in conference committee early next week.
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It’s because of this biblical worldview that Augusta State has offered Jennifer an ultimatum: reject your sincerely held religious beliefs or you will not receive your degree in counseling.
The university is demanding that Jennifer denounce her stance that homosexuality is morally wrong and that sexual behavior can be changed. The school is also trying to force Jennifer to attend “sensitivity training” and gay pride events.
There’s been a lot of coverage of the New York legislature’s decision to redefine marriage in their state. Whenever marriage is discussed in the media, there are a lot fundamental misunderstandings about why so many stand for the true definition of marriage.
We’re going to be publishing a series of posts here on the Foundations blog about why it’s critical for our culture for marriage to remain the union of one man and one woman. (more…)