11:08 P.M. (MST)
Thursday night Arizona’s Republican controller House of Representatives passed SB 1060, a bill that expands the right of businesses to refuse service to homosexuals based on their religious beliefs.
This comes after Arizona’s State Senate passed the legislation earlier in the week.
Conservatives argue the bill protects first amendment rights, which allows for anyone to practice their religious beliefs freely.
"Exercising religious beliefs is not bi-partisan, it’s simply American," says Rep. Steve Yarbrough.
Democrats, including District 24’s Democratic Senator Lynne Pancrazi, believe this bill could deter businesses from moving to the state.
"We have already worked so hard to bring businesses to the state, why would we introduce a bill that could jeopardize that?" she says.
She also argues the bill is unnecessary based off laws currently in place.
"Businesses can already decide who they want to serve or not so this bill is unnecessary."