Hispanic Bar Assocation pulls conference from Arizona; JPMorgan, AmEx, Rick Scott condemn anti-gay law

The Hispanic Bar Association, which shouldn’t have been having its confernce in Arizona in the first place, has decided to pull its annual meeting from Arizona over the state legislature’s passage of SB1062, a putatively pro-”religious freedom” bill that is in fact anti-gay, and a disaster for businesses in the state.

UPDATE: And this just in, Florida Republican Governor Rick Scott has also come out in favor of a veto.

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In a press release today announcing its decision to pull its 2015 conference from Arizona, Hispanic Bar Association President Miguel Alexander Pozo said: “The HNBA views this as a civil rights issue. As a national association of lawyers committed to promoting the ideals of equal protection, equal opportunity, tolerance, and inclusiveness, it is imperative that we speak up and take immediate action in the presence of injustice. As the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. said more than 50 years ago, writing from a Birmingham, AL jail cell, ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’ In our view, SB 1062 violates the Equal Protection and the Commerce Clauses of the U.S. Constitution, and offends the anti-discrimination protections found in Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.”

Arizona has a pretty nasty record on Latino issues of late, particularly an anti-immigrant pro-racial-profiling law that led to a Latino boycott of the state in 2010.  So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the Hispanic Bar Association would have chosen the state in the first place.  Still, it’s good news they’ve pulled out.

Also in the news today, JPMorgan and American Express have both publicly called for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto the legislation.  Surprisingly, even GoDaddy, a notoriously Republican company, joined the public call for a veto.

Other companies opposing the legislation include Apple, Southwest Airlines, Delta, American Airlines, PetSmart and Intel.

And prominent Republicans, including Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Arizona’s two GOP Senators in Washington, DC, John McCain and Jeff Flake, have all come out against the law.

The bill sits before Arizona’s Republican governor, awaiting her decision on whether or not to sign it.

We have much more background on SB1062 here, including a look at why this legislation is popping up all over the country right now.


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  • AnthonyLook

    Awesome, thanks.

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  • pappyvet

    So then , are you for passage of the bill?

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  • AnthonyLook

    I apologize, I hope my temper didn’t get the best of me. I have been targeted by a large group of trolls that follow me through several sites, they change their names and start all over daily. I take the Civil Rights of the gay community very serious and have been a fan of your blog for years. Thank you for your help.

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    You’re right. There’s an in-depth study in social psychology to be made here. It’s as if we’re looking at an archetype of intolerance that can be identified and cataloged even while it’s happening in front of us. That, I suspect, is because the Intolerants are so entirely alienated even from themselves that they don’t see their reflection in the mirror, so to speak.

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  • Thom Allen

    I imagine that the Republicons saw tens of millions of dollars leaving the state if this bill got signed. And hundreds of millions never coming in (e.g. is Superbowl got moved, other conferences canceled, etc.). They did the addition and they dropped the religious right so fast that they didn’t have a chance to shout an “Amen” before they hit the floor. Of course, the christianist fanatics don’t learn, I’m sure that they’ll come up with some other legal tactic to try to block our rights.

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    And special thanks for trolling me on this article with so many Latin American citizen voters reading your mocking of their concerns as well as the gay community; that’s two demographics in one that can see the lengths and time you and your mentally deficient parent trained –Republicans/ tea party birther racists are—– bigots, misogynist, and religious fascist and of course racist. Thanks again.

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    And spreading the word you are doing. Thanks for the help. You changed your screen name. You trolls are so crafty, but thanks for spreading the message The Republican agenda is (You forgot Religious Extremist Fascist Christian), Racism,Bigotry, Fascism, Homophobia, Misogyny, Prejudice, Intolerance, Hate and Fear Mongering. I can always depend on you to spread the message.

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  • AnthonyLook

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  • Thom Allen

    Yeah, but she’s still a poor excuse for a woman. And as ugly in spirit as she is in person.

  • Corey

    I think the conservatives are only acting for selfish reasons, which is expected. It’s like when someone says; “I am truly sorry if I offended anyone” but doesn’t mean just says it for PR. There are elections coming up and thanks too boobs like Ted Cruz and many others in their party, republicans need to “Simma Down” if they want the moderate votes meaning the younger folks who actually go to college and meet people from all backgrounds, religions, colors, sexuality…etc. because FOX has only so many people convinced of their BS. And the companies jumping board know gays spend and are probably spending more now than families would because its too expensive to say vacation. Money is power…gays need to keep speaking with their pocket books while corporation speak through buying politicians.

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  • Thom Allen

    Brewer, the homophobic harridan, is having a press conference on the bull at 7:45 PM Eastern here. http://www.KPHO.com

  • kingstonbears

    Just another place to not spend our gay bucks, as if we would have anyway. That said, hopefully the bleeding has started.

  • pricknick

    All McCain is worried about is the lost money. Look at what he’s said.

  • AnthonyLook

    A journalist should a do special report on political figures that fit the “homophobic” description, not on the political figures themselves but on their parents. Not only on homophobia alone but on racism, bigotry, misogyny, religious fascism —-all are learned behaviors that needs to be highlighted for the generational passing on of its teachings. Highlighting the parents of said racists, homophobes, sexists and religious extremists would give insight into the problems of intolerance, prejudice, hate…

  • bkmn

    Jan Brewer is just stupid enough, ego driven enough and just plain obstinate enough to go ahead and sign the bill, in spite of all the pressure on her to veto it.

  • samiinh

    Why is it taking her so long to veto this bill? Is it because she likes the attention? I’d say it is pretty negative attention. I think she’s going to sign it into law, just to be obstinate. If she does, it will be the end of her political career.

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