Super Bowl committee condemns Arizona's anti-gay bill

SB 1062 could hit Arizona where it hurts -- in the pocketbook.
By Aileen Graef  |  Feb. 25, 2014 at 5:08 PM
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TUCSON, Feb. 25 (UPI) -- The committee for the 2015 Arizona Super Bowl condemned the state's law that gives business the right to refuse service to the LGBT community on the basis of religious freedom.

"We share the NFL's core values which embrace tolerance, diversity, inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination," the committee said in a statement, "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."

The committee was not the only football entity to come out against the law. The Arizona Cardinals said on their website, "We do not support anything that has the potential to divide, exclude and discriminate. As a prominent and highly-visible member of the 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 enough to call it home."

This kind of public backlash is what feeds part of the fears of politicians such as Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., who say the bill would have significant economic impacts on the state. Governor Jan Brewer has until Friday to sign or veto the bill and is expected to veto it.

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