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February 20, 2014 12:52 PM Fallback Position of “Religious Liberty” Advocates: That Was Fast!

By Ed Kilgore

I noted earlier this week that the Kansas Senate’s decision to put a hold on the Kansas House’s draconian “religious liberty” bill reflected less a red light than a strategic retreat to come up with a more defensible draft.

Turns out Arizona Republican legislators may have landed on what they consider the “sweet spot” for legitimizing religious-based discrimination even faster than the Kansans, as the Senate has passed a bill avoiding any public employee exemption or any specific sanction for discrimination in employee benefits. And the Arizona House is poised to pass a similar bill today. Zoom zoom.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.

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