Wilton Manors Mayor Urges Arizona Gov. To Veto Anti-Gay Bill

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February 25, 2014

VIA FACSIMILE & ELECTRONIC MAIL

The Honorable Jan Brewer
Arizona Governor
Executive Tower
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Dear Governor Brewer:

I strongly encourage you to oppose SB 1062, which would allow business owners to turn away gay and lesbian consumers. While I have never written to another State’s Governor about legislation under consideration, this Bill has the potential to serve as dangerous precedent for the entire country.

Your leadership in vetoing the Bill would send a clear and unequivocal message that discrimination against any person will not be encouraged, supported or defended in the State of Arizona. As Governor of one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse states in this country, please declare that you will not stand by and allow hatred and discrimination to be permitted on your watch! Does Arizona really want to propel our nation toward more divisiveness?  

The City of Wilton Manors, Florida, and our greater metropolitan area, consisting of nearly 2 million people, celebrate our diversity. While we may have significant differences and do not always agree, we realize that by working together, we can achieve more for our entire community. Arizona does not need to be labeled as the first state in the country to enshrine in its laws permission and acceptance to hate and to cast aside the GLBT community.

Certainly, from an economic standpoint, it does not make sense for businesses to turn away an entire segment of consumers, particularly such a strong economic segment as GLBT consumers and business owners.  I have had the privilege of working with many elected officials from Arizona through the National League of Cities and other national organizations. We have excellent working relationships. I cannot imagine that I would not be welcome to do business in your State because of my sexual orientation. There are hundreds of valid arguments why SB 1062 is bad policy, but the bottom line, it’s just plain wrong.  Thank you for your consideration.

Respectfully yours,

Gary Resnick
Mayor

cc:          City Commission

         City Manager

         Executive Director, National League of Cities


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