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Hispanic National Bar Association pulls conference from Arizona

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Hispanic National Bar Association on Wednesday said it cancelled its 2015 convention in Phoenix over legislation adding protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.

Phoenix, Ariz.

Phoenix, Ariz.

The move makes the group one of the first to pull out of Arizona because of the proposed law. President Miguel Alexander Pozo says the group views the controversy as a civil rights issue. “Laws that return us to a darker time in the nation’s history simply cannot be tolerated,” he said in a news release.

The association’s Phoenix convention was supposed to be the group’s 40th. The group’s board of governors voted unanimously not to hold it in Arizona but did not say where the convention would be held instead.

Last year, the Hispanic National Bar Association’s national convention drew about 2,000 people to Denver. It will be held in Washington, D.C., this year.

Business and tourism groups have warned state lawmakers that the bill could adversely affect Arizona’s tourism industry. Tempe, Ariz., lost the 1993 Super Bowl because the state voted against creating a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. The city hosted the Super Bowl in 1996 after the voters approved the holiday.

“We are disappointed that there is any legislation that would make anyone feel unwelcome in our state and in our community,” the Arizona Lodging & Tourism Association said on its Facebook page.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has until Saturday to either sign or veto the bill.

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  1. Yayyy!!! Hit’em where it hurts!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:09pm
  2. Lol!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:10pm
  3. So it begins…

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:11pm
  4. Yup. The beginning of the END of PREJUDICE!!!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:08pm
  5. There has been so much made in the news lately about bills in various state legislatures that would permit a business establishment to refuse to serve someone based on religious grounds. While I’m sure there are those businesses that don’t mind losing business to make a religious statement, most are about making money. The real intent of these bills has very little to do with religious rights but the rights of corporations.
    Buried in the Arizona bill you’ll find language that expands the definition of “person” to include “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious entity or institution, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity.” The key word in that phrase is corporation.
    The Arizona bill and others like it are nearly identical in wording and that is no coincidence. The same group has written these laws for each state. I think it would be very interesting to find the source of funding for these groups. I would not be shocked in the least to find out the money trail leads back to the infamous Koch brothers.
    By defining corporations as people the Koch brothers (and other uber-wealthy individuals) gain more control over the political machinations of these states and the ability to further enrich themselves under the guise of religious freedoms. Religious freedoms, I might add, that do not reflect the teachings of Christ. So, while this issue has become a political hot potato with deep feelings on each side the intent is about the rich gaining more control over our government, not any individual religious right.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:12pm
  6. I won”t even drink Arizona Iced tea anymore, even though it’s made in NY.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:13pm
  7. Ouch!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:19pm
  8. Damn dude, you are pissed!

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:53pm
  9. Good for them!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:13pm
  10. So it begins. The boycotts start

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:15pm
  11. Good!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:15pm
  12. good teach them how much our gay $$ is worth

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:15pm
  13. GOOD.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:16pm
  14. Thank you for doing so.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:18pm
  15. This is why Gov. Brewer needs to act quickly. The damage is being done even if she Veto’s the bill.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:18pm
  16. Good for them!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:18pm
  17. Awesome!!!,

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:20pm
  18. Love it!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:20pm
  19. GOOD FOR THEM!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:23pm
  20. Thank you!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:24pm
  21. FK AZ

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:25pm
  22. Money does indeed talk. (Sadly, Hispanic money in Arizona is viewed basically as valuable as gay money is. And the likelihood of Brewer being HAPPY that 2,000 Hispanic lawyers are NOT in the state is high.)

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:25pm
  23. I wouldn't say that. Arizona wouldn't survive without Hispanic money. Mexican tourists alone bring in billions to the economy and Arizonan companies main priorities is enhancing their relationship with them and neighboring Mexican states. Though, the state does have quite abunch of ignorant morons.

    Replied on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:29pm
  24. NICE!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:25pm
  25. Arizona constantly adds anti-Hispanic bills yearly, forgetting the fact that Arizona was part of Mexico longer than it has been part of the USA. It’s a backwards state. Hopefully more follow!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:27pm
  26. Good for them, people need to stand up for what they believe in.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:27pm
  27. Thank you HNBA!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:30pm
  28. That’s not what I expected from this group, but I thank you for doing that and will remember that it was done. Orale.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:30pm
  29. The first of MANY dominos are going to fall. BLESS YOU HNBA!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:37pm
  30. Heriberto I hope you have not misunderstood my comment. I lived in Phoenix for many years and I agree that it would be economically devastating to the state if Hispanic money was not spent. I am simply stating that a large percentage of Arizonans express great amounts of hostility towards the Hispanic population and would be pleased (along with Brewer) if the state were more “white”. I however, do not personally feel this way. And, yes, the state’s history is frequently not acknowledged and/or often repressed.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:39pm
  31. They have that anti-gay bill but they were ready to take their money though. Bigots

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:43pm
  32. That’s how to do a solid for other minorities.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:53pm
  33. Fantastic. More of this, please.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:53pm
  34. Way to go Hispanic National Bar Association!! If the Republican’s with this style of Legislation aren’t held accountable?, Then whose next in their sites??

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:55pm
  35. YES!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:56pm
  36. The way it should be! Good job!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 7:57pm
  37. Info gay news page like please

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:00pm
  38. Cool!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:04pm
  39. SHOULDN’T THEY HAVE DONE IT WHEN Arizona PASSED THE IMMIGRATION LAW.. LMAO

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:16pm
  40. yes.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:20pm
  41. Jonada

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:22pm
  42. Good…and other companies and organizations need to do the same.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:23pm
  43. Sounds like good news from that side!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:23pm
  44. Thank you!!!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:25pm
  45. that’s right!!!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:25pm
  46. And this is how we show statice !

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:26pm
  47. We all know the next group to be told not to buy in AZ would be Hispanics. AZ is a whites only state, or so they want to believe.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:30pm
  48. Good news. Hopefully others will follow.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:34pm
  49. good, hit them where it hurts

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:36pm
  50. That’s 2 company / big events pulling their jobs & money. Good for them.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:40pm
  51. Yeah.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:43pm
  52. The minorities need to stop hating each other and work together. For example, Why is it ok for a black person to hate mexicans, but that black person gets pissed and upset when a white person hates him.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:49pm
  53. Take that arizona. For being a homophobic and discriminatory state.. u will loose tourists and economic welfare from lgbt community

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:50pm
  54. Oh boy…Arizona’s gonna feel this one!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:50pm
  55. And the people defending this bill get their information from a blog written by a man that tells men that they don’t have to respect their wives. Yeah, that’s a real good source to get your info. He’s a snarky little brat that does nothing but feed Tea Party sentiments. Oh, and he’s blaming George Takei for all this ‘uprising’. No, this poor excuse for a bill is what’s doing it.

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 8:51pm
  56. Good to see solidarity!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:05pm
  57. Muchas gracias !!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:07pm
  58. I would not go to that state..or support their products

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:08pm
  59. Let’s hit them where it hurts!! Their wallets!

    Posted on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at 9:08pm