Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto of an amendment to the state’s religious freedom law capped a heated debate: Did the Arizona legislature’s proposed change protect the right of business owners to practice their religion, or did it allow businesses to discriminate, specifically against gays and lesbians? Brewer vetoed the bill Feb. 26 after coming under intense political and media pressure, including from pundits who said Christians should not support a “homosexual Jim Crow law.” In this interview, Ryan T. Anderson — who studies marriage and religious freedom at The Heritage Foundation — sits down with The Foundry’s Genevieve Wood to sort out the facts and what is at stake.
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