Civil Rights Crisis Averted: Arizona Vetoes Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

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A bill in Arizona, known as SB 1062, has been widely considered an anti-gay bill by many, leading to protests and controversy over it’s future in the state. The bill was vetoed by Arizona’s Governor Janice Brewer Wednesday after the the state legislature — largely Republican — passed it. SB 1062 would have made it possible for businesses in Arizona to choose, based on their religious beliefs, to refuse service to the members of the LGBTQ community. The legislation expanded on previously existing law, widening the definitions around religious freedom and making it easier for those individuals to defend their actions.

The legislation got reactions from more than just the LGBTQ community in Arizona, drawing national attention and criticism from big companies including Delta, the Super Bowl Host Committee, and Major League Baseball. “Delta Air Lines is proud of the diversity of its customers and employees, and is deeply concerned about proposed measures in several states, including Georgia and Arizona, that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals,” said Delta in a statement.

We have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to [diversity] but deal a significant blow to the state’s economic growth potential,” read the statement from the Super Bowl Host Committee. The economic affects of the law have become the leading non-social reason for striking down the law. “MLB has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation,” read the MLB’s statement, referring to itself as “the sport of Jackie Robinson.”

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