Boycott Arizona: NAPABA condemns Senate Bill 1062/House Bill 2153

NAPABA CONDEMNS ARIZONA LEGISLATION THAT BOLSTERS

BUSINESSES’ ABILITY TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST LGBT PEOPLE

Calls on Governor Jan Brewer to veto bill

via NAPABA.

WASHINGTON — The National Asian Pacific American Bar Association (NAPABA) strongly urges Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto legislation passed by the Arizona state legislature last Thursday that, under the guise of religious freedom, would enable discrimination against individuals who identify as LGBT.

“NAPABA has a long-standing commitment to supporting the civil rights of all members of our community, including our LGBT brothers and sisters,” said William J. Simonitsch, president of NAPABA. “While NAPABA respects the sincerely held religious beliefs of all people, religion has unfortunately been misused by some historically as an excuse to oppress people of color and people of other religions. For many it justified slavery, segregation, and the criminalizing of interracial marriages. The employment of a religious justification to now excuse the discrimination of LGBT people is just as reprehensible.”

We know that Arizona can do better.

We encourage you to veto this hateful legislation.

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