As many of you know,
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would have allowed businesses
that asserted their religious beliefs the right to deny service to gay and
I want to thank you
Madam Governor for this wise decision. This decision will not only benefit the
citizens of Arizona, but it will benefit the citizens of the world.
is discrimination everywhere.
It is important for us
all to remember that Senate Bill 1062 did not appear out of thin air, but
legislators and citizens in the state of Arizona gave very careful thought to
how this bill would affect the rights of some of its own citizens.
We must also keep in
mind that legislative bills like this are in the minds and hearts of other
state legislators around the country. It is important that you pay attention to
what is going on behind the scenes.
I applaud businesses
like Delta Airlines and the NFL for sending a strong message that passage of
discriminatory bills like this will not receive commercial support.
It wasn't too long ago that
religion was used as the excuse to not serve people of color and other ethnic
groups in the state of Virginia. We must never allow anything like this to ever