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Super Bowl committee, more than 80 companies call for veto of anti-gay bill

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Ross D. Franklin, APAnthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.

Ross D. Franklin, AP
Anthony Musa (left) and Brianna Pantillione rally in Phoenix against SB 1062, a bill that would let business owners refuse to serve gay people on religious grounds.

The Super Bowl host committee, the NFL and more than 80 major companies doing business in Arizona have called on Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062, a bill that would allow business owners with strongly held religious beliefs to deny service to gay people.

In a statement issued Monday, the Super Bowl host committee said “we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state’s economic growth potential.”

We do not support this legislation. Instead, we look forward to continuing to promote the NFL’s values while focusing on the economic momentum apparent in Arizona and capturing the positive worldwide attention associated with hosting Super Bowl XLIX.

Arizona is slated to host Super Bowl XLIX, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, on Feb. 1, 2015. Opponents of the bill are already calling for the committee to move the game out of Arizona if Brewer signs the legislation.

The NFL echoed the Super Bowl committee’s statement, reported the Arizona Capitol Times:

“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said in a statement. “We are following the issue in Arizona and will continue to do so should the bill be signed into law, but will decline further comment at this time.”

Also Monday, a coalition of more than 80 corporations and business organizations in the state, signed on to a letter to Brewer, calling for her veto.

When the Legislature passes bills like this, it creates a reputation that Arizona is judgmental and unwelcoming. This will haunt our business community for decades to come.

You have an opportunity to lead on an issue that will otherwise have a detrimental economic impact on Arizona. We strongly urge you to VETO SB 1062 today and continue your support for Arizonans, our local businesses and economy.

Brewer appeared on CNN briefly Monday and said she would “do the right thing” for the Arizona, but did not indicate what that means.

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35 more reader comments:

  1. It’s unconstitutional anyway. You can’t legalize discrimination.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:03pm
  2. but according to this asswipe al melvin its not discrimination. if you havent watched the anderson cooper interviews do so. complete fucking moron if u ask me

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:06pm
  3. That’s what I am taking about….

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:05pm
  4. Good, when all else fails, threaten their wallets. It would not withstand the Federal Constitution anyway, but hey, have to put it in terms these idiots understand. …money.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:06pm
  5. Keep the pressure up. Add our name here. http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/move-the-super-bowl-out

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:38pm
  6. This made me sick all over! I never want to visit Arizona now!!! They can’t do a thing like this! There’s no way to tell who is gay & who is not gay anyhow!!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:06pm
  7. AZ has always had very backwards politicians. ALWAYS. Once in a great while the AZ people actually elect a decent person to office. But far too seldom.

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:33pm
  8. If yourehungry , leave the Subaru with the pride sticker parked out of sight , I’m DG so I’m outta luck

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:12pm
  9. what?

    Replied on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:24pm
  10. That Pick-n-Choose religion is run by money. I hope all these companies pull out of AZ completely.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:19pm
  11. Arizona lost a Super Bowl once cause of a law that was passed in the 80s, if the law is singed, they may loose another Super Bowl

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:21pm
  12. Your right Bruce Teel. This bill would be struck down almost immediately by federal judge if they make into law. Not worried here at all!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:22pm
  13. AZ is messed up. I remember the rap group public enemy came out with the some “Before I got to Arizona” which was about them not celebrating the Martin Luther King Holiday.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:26pm
  14. and they aren’t even gonna let us go to the back door…

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:26pm
  15. You cannot deny anyone’s right to love who they love…DAMMIT!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:26pm
  16. c: thank you to all those companies!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:31pm
  17. Whatever

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:34pm
  18. Discrimination was legalized here in Colorado in 1992 with the passage of Amendment 2. It was a fight to get it overturned.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:35pm
  19. The NFL is a non-profit because it “works for the public good”. Not just the straight public, or the male public, but for the good of everyone. They have a golden opportunity to take a stand and show that there is no room for hate or discrimination in the game or in life. Add your name to the cause here.

    http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/move-the-super-bowl-out

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:39pm
  20. My thought is that it should be move regardless of what the governor decides. The state has already demonstrated hate and intolerance.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:43pm
  21. just because gays mentally unstable but many people .r …how u going to say you cant eat in here what you look gay how do they really know wether.gay or not do gay people .wear sign….im gay or ?….many people make excuses y their.gay strait single…so if your single people going to ban you too….sometimes stupid laws by our .leaders like obama care.by end of year we not even have a dr to go to…what people think your gay your .like rogue dog or cat….that idk but do know your mind isnt correcct logic thinking if your gay

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:45pm
  22. Can you guys fill out this survery for me for a research project? https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HFZNC3Z

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:54pm
  23. I hope they move the super bowl!!! This is horrible!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:54pm
  24. When you’re right you’re right

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 3:55pm
  25. YES!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:00pm
  26. Is AZ still part of the USA? Does it want to secede with its own set of discriminatory laws and Old West justice? They better watch out or they’ll see National Guard troops being sent in to enforce national laws or establish martial law. I’m old enough to have seen this happen and lived under it during the ’60s and ’70s in The South. Maybe that’s what needs to happen so the current politicos lose their power.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:19pm
  27. The IOC should take a lesson from the NFL

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:35pm
  28. My salon in Tucson is proudly displaying a “We do not discriminate VETO” sign in the window <3 along with all the other small local business on 4th ave downtown. :)

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:36pm
  29. Jan Brewer is hedging. If she was going to do ‘the right thing,’ she should have vetoed the bill yesterday.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:41pm
  30. it should get a veto

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:42pm
  31. Thank you

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:42pm
  32. Mr. Owen
    You’re making no sense. Please rephrase.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 4:44pm
  33. now

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:05pm
  34. If that don’t work time t hold a revolution all those business LBGT community and allies should refuse to work, go to school or open for business and protest together at town halls, city halls and all government buildings for a day or two and see what happens, than. This has to end.

    Posted on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 6:10pm