Arizona, in all of their backward glory, decided it would be a good idea to try to pass a bill that would allow businesses to deny service to gay people based on their religious beliefs. Of course they were wrong, and they have even put their hosting of the 2015 Super Bowl in jeopardy. The NFL has made no promises that they would pull out if the hate bill passes, but their response is still encouraging.
“Our policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. 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,” said the NFL’s Greg Aiello in a statement Monday.
The Arizona Cardinals issued their own statement as well:
“What so many love about football is its ability to bring people together. We do not support anything that has the potential to divide, exclude and discriminate. As a prominent and highly-visible member of this community, we strive to bring positive attention to the state. We are concerned with anything that creates a negative perception of Arizona and those of us who are fortunate to call it home.”
The threat has teeth to it as well, in 1993 the NFL pulled the Super Bowl from the state because Arizona decided it wouldn’t recognize Martin Luther King Jr. as a state holiday.
All this may now be moot, as it seems Arizona Governor and political nut Jan Brewer may do the sensible thing, and veto the bill. One source close to the governor said “She doesn’t want to take any actions that could jeopardize the economic momentum we’ve seen here in Arizona.”
Several big companies including Apple, who planned on opening a manufacturing plant in AZ, American Airlines, Marriott, and even the Arizona Chamber of Commerce has warned Gov. Brewer it would be bad for business.
So we’ll see if Jan decides to do the sensible thing, if not for humane reasons, at least for economic ones.