Valley Coalition Announces Bill To Expand Arizona's Non-Discrimination Law To LGBTQ Community

Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 1:00pm
Updated: Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 4:53pm
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On Tuesday, One Community, a Valley Coalition working toward LGBTQ inclusion, announced a bipartisan bill to update the state’s non-discrimination law. Currently, Arizona has no statewide laws that protect gay and transgender individuals from being fired, denied housing or refused service.

This is the second year in a row this bill has been introduced since it didn’t get a hearing last year.

But now, Angela Hughey, president of One Community, said this year’s effort has more bipartisan names and statewide businesses backing it.

But this bill announcement comes at a tricky time for LGBTQ discrimination. Just last Tuesday, the Arizona Supreme Court heard a challenge to a Phoenix law that bans discrimination based on sexual orientation from a wedding invitation company.

With that court case ongoing, The Show asked Hughey if they expect pushback to their proposed bill.

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been modified to clarify One Community is not a nonprofit organization.

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