- Associated Press - Monday, January 30, 2017

PHOENIX (AP) - The Latest on an effort to add sexual orientation protections to Arizona’s civil rights laws (all times local):

11:30 p.m.

Some business, religious and gay and transgender rights leaders are joining efforts by Democratic Arizona lawmakers to amend the state’s civil rights laws to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

Democratic leaders said at a Capitol news conference Monday that the time has come to add the protections. They called out Republican Gov. Doug Ducey and GOP lawmakers for not backing their measures. Ducey said last week that he didn’t plan on asking the Legislature to expand protections to LGBT Arizonans.

Similar efforts since 2008 have gone nowhere in the Republican-controlled Legislature. Current Arizona law only prohibits discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations because of race, religion, sex or national origin.

Democrats have introduced Senate Bill 1320 and House Bill 2364 to add the new protections.

3 a.m.

Democrats in the Arizona Legislature want the state’s civil rights laws amended to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.

Democratic leaders in the Arizona House and Senate plan to discuss their legislation at a Capitol news conference attended by business, religious and gay and transgender rights leaders on Monday.

Current Arizona law prohibits discrimination in employment, housing or public accommodations because of race, religion, sex or national origin. But the law does not cover sexual orientation, gender identify or veteran status.

Democrats have introduced bills in both chambers of the Legislature to add those to state civil rights laws. They are Senate Bill 1320 and House Bill 2364.

Efforts to push similar legislation last year went nowhere in the Republican-controlled Legislature.

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