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Major League Baseball criticizes Arizona anti-gay religious freedom bill

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

NEW YORK — Major League Baseball has issued a statement criticizing legislation in Arizona that if enacted would add protections for people who assert their religious beliefs in refusing service to gays.

mlbArizona Gov. Jan Brewer faces a Saturday deadline to sign or veto Senate Bill 1062.

The baseball commissioner’s office says “as the sport of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball and its 30 clubs stand united behind the principles of respect, inclusion and acceptance. Those values are fundamental to our game’s diverse players, employees and fans. We welcome individuals of different sexual orientations, races, religions, genders and national origins.”

The statement Wednesday went on to say “MLB has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation, as reflected by our collective bargaining agreement with the MLB Players Association. Accordingly, MLB will neither support nor tolerate any words, attitude s or actions that imperil the inclusive communities that we have strived to foster within our game.”

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20 more reader comments:

  1. Thank You Major League.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:00am
  2. Go MLB!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:00am
  3. Both of the professional basketball teams in Phoenix have issued statements also.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:01am
  4. Go MLB! Keep the pressure coming, peeps!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:02am
  5. Even most republicans are in favor of vetoing it. Its a failure in process

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:03am
  6. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MLB!!!!!!!!! SO PROUD TO SEE ALL THESE MAJOR SPORTS ASSOCIATIONS SUPPORTING!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:08am
  7. I feel sorry for the players on the Cardinal and Diamondback teams. I don’t see a warm reception in their future

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:08am
  8. Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:09am
  9. Please sign and pass on trying to pass law in ga

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:09am
  10. More like religious Nazism.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:13am
  11. Seriously Jami? Shame on you.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:16am
  12. Good. MLB should pull their training facilities out of AZ.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:18am
  13. finally!! some sports minded folks with some balls!!!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:31am
  14. I love baseball! Funny it’s “America’s past time” now the rest of America needs to get with the times.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:38am
  15. Really MLB…I think your criticism of Arizona’s anti-gay religious bill is warranted and that it shows great maturity and improvement on your part, but can you actually criticize anyone on their LGBTQ position after your treatment of Glenn Burke?

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 12:40am
  16. Another reason for me to love baseball!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:00am
  17. Way to go MLB….

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:16am
  18. The bill got vetoed!

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:30am
  19. Pull everything out including these moronic politicians listened to them on tv made me puke

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:34am
  20. Governor Brewer (Arizona) has Vetoed the bill.

    Posted on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 1:47am