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Apple Speaks to Jan Brewer, Tells Her to Veto Arizona's Anti-Gay Bill

Earlier today we reported that the Arizona Chamber of Commerce was leading a call for Governor Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, the heinous bill that would allow businesses to discriminate against gays based on religious beliefs.

AppleCompanies have been signing on all day and now Apple has joined the 83 other companies calling for a veto of the bill, the Arizona Capitol Times reports:

Brewer spokesman Andrew Wilder said the governor spoke on the phone with the company.

The request comes as Apple prepares to open a new sapphire glass manufacturing plant in Mesa. The plant, which Brewer and other political leaders have touted as economic development coup for Arizona, will employ about 700 full-time employees.

Also, Marriott, American Airlines, and the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC) have called on Brewer to veto the bill. Scott Wooledge is keeping tabs on the state's top businesses insofar as who has urged a veto or taken a position on the bill.

Both Arizona Senators McCain and Flake have urged a veto. Three Republican state senators who originally voted for the bill have decided it was a mistake.

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  1. They all say it's wrong, but besides getting some "Awareness publicity" ..what else are they willing to do???....

    Posted by: styler | Feb 24, 2014 7:52:32 PM


  2. Another example of Republicans wasting tax dollars. How much time and money has been wasted on this already by rich Republicans playing games instead of focusing on problems Arizona needs resolving ? It seems Republicans love to waste time on scapegoating and witch hunts like this so it distracts voters from seeing just how useless they are at working on real issues like jobs, the economy, health issues, education etc.

    Republicans are useless.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Feb 24, 2014 8:04:47 PM


  3. American is serious about this, as they move forward in reshaping the Airline now merged with US Air, PHX will be closely reviewed. A lot is at stake, Brewer knows it.

    Posted by: RexT | Feb 24, 2014 8:07:49 PM


  4. I'm a former Apple employee and worked at the flagship store in downtown San Francisco for four years. Apple should, indeed, withdraw opening their anticipated glass plant in Arizona should the Governor sign the anti-gay bill. I don't see how Tim Cook would want Apple to provide any economic benefit to such a bigoted state as Arizona.

    Posted by: Cary Chauvet | Feb 24, 2014 8:07:58 PM


  5. When Apple talks people Listen.

    Posted by: David | Feb 24, 2014 8:17:37 PM


  6. As an AZ native, I am Thankful for the Support and Alliance of Apple, American, and all of the other companies. With Love and Sincerity. Xo's

    Posted by: tonyb4956@gmail.com | Feb 24, 2014 8:18:36 PM


  7. Did all those republicans who voted for this think it was just about bakers and photographers and gay weddings?!?

    Posted by: e.c. | Feb 24, 2014 8:21:29 PM


  8. Republicans are fools. And anyone voting for them are in the same class.

    Posted by: Macmantoo | Feb 24, 2014 8:36:08 PM


  9. Does the good governor know that the person she spoke to is gay? To sign the bill is to say I don't want you here.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 24, 2014 8:44:38 PM


  10. It is good sign that the governor is going to veto the bill. She let the World know what is going on. She is just saying : Look! they are all piling on me. I have no choice. Don't blame me.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 24, 2014 8:59:11 PM


  11. Once again the Catholic Church stands on the sideline while all these things are happening in Arizona and around the World instead of taking the high road. Just like what they did when the Nazi were sending Jews to the concentration camps.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 24, 2014 9:12:43 PM


  12. That's interesting. The Marriot family are Mormon.

    Take your money but **** your marriage. Talk about disingenuous.

    Posted by: Leo | Feb 24, 2014 9:18:08 PM


  13. E.C., they were warned when the bill was being discussed on the floor that businesses were against the bill. But they didn't listen. They were too blinded by their antipathy to LGBT people and too hasty to pass the bill to allow reality to sink in.

    Simon, the Catholic Church hasn't been standing on the sideline. Quite the contrary, the Arizona Catholic Conference has been urging the governor to sign the bill. They are a big part of the problem once again.

    Posted by: john patrick | Feb 24, 2014 9:21:18 PM


  14. It's laws like this that make national equality inevitable. Got to love the moronic GOP. They argue in court that it's all about the children, then pass laws saying they should have the rights the Gestapo had against the Jews.
    Do the really think they're smarter than the Supreme Court?

    Posted by: Stolidog | Feb 24, 2014 9:29:10 PM


  15. Hopefully the GOP will take a lesson from this and realize that sleeping with the phony Christian bigots and haters will only kill their party.

    Posted by: Chrislam | Feb 24, 2014 10:24:30 PM


  16. There are 2 things even bigger than Apple for Arizona: the 2015 NFL Super Bowl and the 2016 national NCAA college championship bowl game. Why aren't the NFL and NCAA taking a public position on this? There is no doubt that if they tell Brewer they will re-locate those games if she signs the bill -- and that Arizona will be off-limits to any future games while the law remains in effect -- there is no way she will sign this bill.

    Where are you, NFL and NCAA?

    Posted by: MiddleoftheRoader | Feb 24, 2014 11:19:47 PM


  17. American Airlines and Marriott have also written to her.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/02/24/american-airlines-arizona-marriott-anti-gay-bill_n_4849711.html

    Posted by: Lexis | Feb 25, 2014 2:46:42 AM


  18. The NFL has condemned the bill.

    Posted by: freak | Feb 25, 2014 6:55:53 AM


  19. The company that indentures Chinese labor for profit and fails to improve their working conditions even after almost daily suicides really has a lot of room to make it's voice heard re: human rights.

    Posted by: Rodney Wollam | Feb 25, 2014 8:36:29 AM


  20. Unless Apple is willing to put their money where their mouth is by pulling the Mesa plant then they really have little leverage. The SuperBowl is scheduled for AZ in 2015 but the NFL has been very quite about any possible chance of moving the game elsewhere. AZ politicians are no different than politicians elsewhere, money speaks way louder than constituents. Losing companies (or sporting events) wouldn't just costing a state jobs but also political contributions and no politician likes to lose big money contributors.

    Posted by: ThomT | Feb 25, 2014 10:48:07 AM


  21. Unless Apple is willing to put their money where their mouth is by pulling the Mesa plant then they really have little leverage. The SuperBowl is scheduled for AZ in 2015 but the NFL has been very quite about any possible chance of moving the game elsewhere. AZ politicians are no different than politicians elsewhere, money speaks way louder than constituents. Losing companies (or sporting events) wouldn't just costing a state jobs but also political contributions and no politician likes to lose big money contributors.

    Posted by: ThomT | Feb 25, 2014 10:48:07 AM


  22. I'm guessing it's much too late to pull the plug on the Mesa plant without serious financial loss for Apple. I've been reading about this plant for months now. However, I'm hopeful now that Tim Cook has stepped up to the plate, Brewer will think twice. I am disappointed that Cook, knowing this bill was in the works, would plan this investment in AZ. I guess he though it would never get past the legislature...let alone the governor. I hope he's right on one of those assumptions.

    Posted by: Paul B. | Feb 25, 2014 2:23:22 PM


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