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State v. Vermillion Candy Shoppe (religion)

Date: 
June, 2007

This is an action brought under the Arizona Civil Rights Act ("ACRA") to correct an unlawful practice in a place of public accommodation, to provide appropriate relief to aggrieved persons, and to vindicate the public interest. Specifically, Defendants Dutson own and operate a restaurant in Colorado City, Arizona where the majority of the population belongs to the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints ("FLDS"). The State brings this matter to redress the injury sustained by Defendants' discriminatory refusal based on religion to serve Andrew Chatwin and other non-FLDS members with him at Defendants' restaurant in violation of Arizona Revised Statute § 41-1442.