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Diocese opposes changes to non-discrimination law

PHOENIX -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix opposes changes to the city's non-discrimination law that would provide protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents.

A statement released Monday by the diocese says Catholic leadership in the Phoenix metropolitan area condemns any hostility toward gay residents.

But the diocese says it believes the city's proposal is ``so broadly worded that it risks trampling the religious liberties of Phoenix citizens for doing nothing more than living their faith.''

The Phoenix City Council has a hearing scheduled Tuesday afternoon and will vote on the proposed changes.

Supporters say the changes are similar to non-discrimination laws adopted by at least 166 other cities and counties across the country.

The changes would prohibit discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations such as restaurants and hotels.

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