Arizona Gay Rights ProtestsHundreds of activists rallied in Arizona on Friday to protest the passage of a bill that would let vendors deny service to gay customers on religious grounds. The measure grants legal protection to business owners who want to refuse service to gays and others because doing so would violate his or her religious beliefs. Hundreds of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual activists and their supporters rallied outside the state Capitol building in Phoenix, while others gathered in the southern city of Tucson to protest the measure. The bill, officially known as SB 1062 or the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” was fully approved by Republican-controlled legislature of this conservative southwestern state on Thursday. Republican state Senator Steve Yarbrough says the bill is about protecting religious freedom and rights that “must be respected” and protected. More