Arizona should be open for business to everyone

Right now, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is considering whether to veto or sign a bill that threatens LGBT people living in Arizona and across the country. We stand with our Equality Federation partner, Equality Arizona, against the so-called Religious Freedom Bill.
SB1062 would allow businesses to refuse service, based on their religious beliefs, to LGBT people or anyone else. In short, it’s a license to discriminate against LGBT residents and visitors.

Governor Brewer has until Friday to decide if she’ll sign or veto the bill. LGBT people and allies are uniting to send her a message: veto this brazen attack on our community.

Add your voice to the thousands calling for a veto. Click here to urge Governor Brewer to do the right thing.

Imagine the impact a bill like this could have: a pharmacist, a hotel manager, a mortgage loan officer, a store owner — they could pick and choose who to serve and who to deny.

Transgender people could be denied hormones. A same-sex couple celebrating their honeymoon could be turned away from a hotel or inn. A school counselor could refuse guidance to a young LGBT person.

One of our nation’s most fundamental values is the free exercise of religion. Yet freedom of religion does not give businesses the right to discriminate based on the beliefs of individuals.

Tell Governor Brewer: this bill isn’t about religious freedom – it’s a license for Arizonans to discriminate against LGBT people.

Arizona should be open for business to everyone. Keep fighting with us until that happens.

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About Forum For Equality

The Forum For Equality is a statewide human rights organization dedicated to the establishment of a society free from discrimination and to the support of good government. We believe that the fastest and most efficient way to achieve these goals is to educate our communities and to constructively participate in the political process.
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