Greater Phoenix Economic Council: SB1062 will have “profound, negative effects.. for years to come”

GPECAs Governor Brewer considers whether or not she will veto SB1062 — the dangerous legislation passed by the House and Senate that would allow businesses to deny services to LGBT Arizonans — leading businesses across the state are speaking out against the bill.

On Friday, the Greater Phoenix Economic Council issued a letter to Governor Brewer, warning of the negative economic impacts that would ensue should she sign SB1062 into law. The letter reads, in part:

As written, Senate Bill 1062 claims to strengthen protections under Arizona law to defend against religious discrimination. The reality is – this legislation will likely have profound, negative effects on our business community for years to come.

The legislation places businesses currently in Arizona, as well as those looking to locate here, in potentially damaging risk of litigation, and costly, needless legal disputes. The statutory changes within Senate Bill 1062 will upset the current balance between the right of business owners to manage their businesses, and the right of employees to refuse on religious grounds to follow company policy or management directions.

The Greater Phoenix Economic Council joins a growing chorus of business leaders, civil rights organizations and elected officials who have expressed staunch opposition to SB1062. We thank the Council — and businesses across the state — for standing shoulder-to-shoulder with LGBT Arizonans as we work to defeat this attack on freedom and liberty.

Send Governor Brewer an email now and tell her the people of Arizona are counting on her to veto SB1062.