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Arizona Chamber of Commerce-Led Business Coalition Calls on Brewer to Veto Anti-Gay Bill

The CEOs of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council released the following statement today regarding Senate Bill 1062, which would allow businesses to discriminate against gay couples based on religious beliefs:

BrewerAfter analyzing the bill, we are very concerned about the effect it could have on Arizona’s economy. As leaders in the business community, we cannot support measures that could expose our businesses to litigation, nor do we want to send a message that our state is anything but an open and attractive place for visitors and the top talent that will be the cornerstone of our continued economic growth.
 
If specific Arizona issues related to religious liberty are identified, we would stand ready to work with anyone to ensure that any solution addresses those problems while also ensuring that all individuals feel welcome in our state and that business is not hurt.

Openforbusiness_arizonaHere is the text of the letter sent to Brewer:

Dear Governor Brewer:
 
After careful study and analysis of Senate Bill 1062, our organizations, which represent the broad spectrum of Arizona’s business community, respectfully request that you veto this bill.
 
We are concerned over the potential for businesses to be exposed to an increased risk of litigation. Businesses carry out laws every day that could, under the construct of this legislation, be construed as a “state action,” which could result in increased disputes over the application of current and future law. We are troubled by any legislation that could be interpreted to permit discrimination against a particular group of people in the marketplace.
 
The legislation is also already clearly having a negative effect on our tourism industry, one of the largest sectors of the economy. The bill could also harm job creation efforts and our ability to attract and retain talent. We all have a fervent desire for Arizona to be a welcoming, attractive destination for the top talent that will be the cornerstone of our continued economic growth.
 
If specific Arizona issues related to religious liberty are identified, we would stand ready to work with anyone to ensure that any solution addresses those problems while also ensuring that all individuals feel welcome in our state and that business is not hurt.

HRC is providing a template for an 'Open for Business To Everyone' sign for Arizona businesses to print out and post in their windows.

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  1. Look, Jan Brewer may be a right wing nut BUT she is not stupid. The b.tch will not sign this stupid legislative bill into law.

    What about the future of Arizona? PURPLE...PURPLE...PURPLE!!!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 24, 2014 11:47:45 AM


  2. Oh, and she's a drunk too. That's why I have a fondness for her right-wing racist azz.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 24, 2014 11:50:25 AM


  3. Don't listen to them Jan, God is on your side. Sign it. Everything will turn out great. It's God's will.

    Posted by: emjayay | Feb 24, 2014 11:58:10 AM


  4. Calm down everyone, that was snark. But like I said before, little actual bad will come of it except for the damage it does to the bigots and their state.

    Posted by: emjayay | Feb 24, 2014 11:59:56 AM


  5. Veto the bill, then all Arizonans should vote out the legislators that worked on this bill and wasted hours and taxpayers $$$.

    Posted by: Adam | Feb 24, 2014 12:07:07 PM


  6. If she were to sign it then you can be assured Arizona will go right down the gutter. That would be a good thing.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 24, 2014 12:11:58 PM


  7. I hope she does sign it out of spite and shows what the GOP really stands for.

    Posted by: Steve | Feb 24, 2014 12:32:26 PM


  8. never forget arizona was the last state to accept medicare for the elderly

    Posted by: Moz's | Feb 24, 2014 12:37:06 PM


  9. Sign it, Jan. Ruin Arizona for generations to come! (Not really). She may be stupid enough to do it, though. It would be a great example for those states who are undecided!

    Posted by: Geoff | Feb 24, 2014 2:00:07 PM


  10. Don't forget that she disrespected the president because of his race.

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Feb 24, 2014 2:10:03 PM


  11. Oh, and whether she's stupid or not is debatable. After all, she signed that anti-immigrant bill back in 2010 even though, like this, many said it was unconstitutional. And in the end, three out of four provisions in it were deemed such by the Supreme Court.

    Posted by: Lexis | Feb 24, 2014 2:26:56 PM


  12. Floodgates of lawsuits doesn't begin to describe what will happen to businesses.

    'Religion' & 'deeply held religious beliefs' again gets to go undefined. Is racism a dhrb? Is hate of another religion a dhrb? What test is there for qualification to claim dhrb?

    Who is responsible for the costs when an employee refuses to do their job because they want to discriminate against a customer? What about police? Hospitals? A Judge? Every citizen is an individual arbiter of civic interaction?

    Because. Religion. A taught behaviour.

    Posted by: SERIOUSLY | Feb 24, 2014 3:08:59 PM


  13. At this point, I would be very surprised if she signs it. Both of Arizona's Republican U.S. Senators have come out against it. Three Republican state senators that voted for it have changed their minds and have requested that she veto it. The business community is publicly opposed to it. She has all the cover she needs to veto it, and her own personal animus notwithstanding, I think she'll see a lot of downside for signing it and not a lot of upside.

    Posted by: Icarus | Feb 24, 2014 4:46:18 PM


  14. "[N]or do we want to send a message that our state is anything but an open and attractive place for visitors and the top talent that will be the cornerstone of our continued economic growth."

    Pause for a second.

    Umm, that ship sailed a few years ago.

    Arizona and too many of its businesses are anti-gay. I have ties to the state, but I avoid it because the ongoing anti-gay crusades there leave a bad taste in my mouth. I'd rather spend my tourism money, my talents, and more of my life somewhere else.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Feb 24, 2014 8:23:05 PM


  15. I doubt she'll sign it. I think she's taking her time while she comes up with some political blah blah blah that pleases her rabidly bigoted supporters while pointing out that the 'protections' that the legislation 'offers' is misunderstood by the general public and as such cannot be put into law.

    And in the meantime she can continue her drinking game where she takes a shot every time she sees her name in print.

    Posted by: Mitch | Feb 25, 2014 9:14:23 AM


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