Marriott Urges Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer To Veto Anti-Gay Legislation
Marriott International, Inc., has just made public a letter sent to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. The clock is ticking on Gov. Brewer's window of availability to sign legislation allowing refusal of goods and services to gays into law, so Marriott hopes an appeal to the economic issues involved in the decision will have her issuing a veto instead of a signature.
Reads the letter in part:
Dear Governor Brewer:
We write to respectfully urge you to exercise your veto power in connection with SB 1062. This measure, passed by the legislature last week to ostensibly address the exercise of religious freedom by business owners and operators, would have profound negative impacts on the hospitality industry in Arizona and on the state's overall economic climate for years to come.
The CEOs of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Leadership and the Southern Arizona Leadership Council have also written to Gov. Brewer urging a veto.
After analyzing the bill, we are very concerned about the effect it could have on Arizona’s economy. As leaders in the business community, we cannot support measures that could expose our businesses to litigation, nor do we want to send a message that our state is anything but an open and attractive place for visitors and the top talent that will be the cornerstone of our continued economic growth.
If specific Arizona issues related to religious liberty are identified, we would stand ready to work with anyone to ensure that any solution addresses those problems while also ensuring that all individuals feel welcome in our state and that business is not hurt.
Brewer has until Friday to sign or veto the legislation; if she takes no action, the bill automatically becomes law.
(Via Chris Geidner)