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.