The Arizona state legislature has just passed a bill called SB 1062, designed to protect religious liberty. Opponents claim that it will allow businesses to refuse to serve people on the grounds of race, gender, orientation, etc. if it's done by the owner on religious grounds. But the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination in public accommodations (i.e. places of business accessible to the public, like restaurants and stores). And it seems that Arizona state law contains a similar prohibition on public accommodations discrimination.
So my question is, does SB 1062 grant a religious exemption to at least Arizona's state laws governing discrimination in public accommodations? And how it would square with the federal Civil Rights law? Does it only shield Arizona businesses from state-level prosecution of religiously motivated discrimination, but still leave them liable to federal discrimination prosecutions?
Edit: this is somewhat of a moot point now, because Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has just vetoed the bill. She cited this as her reason: "Religious liberty is a core American and Arizonan value, but so too is non-discrimination."