Arizona Governor Explores Idea of Statewide LGBT Non-Discrimination Law
Post submitted by Joshua Zaragoza, HRC Senior Regional Field Organizer
The Human Rights Campaign commends Arizona Governor Jan Brewer on taking a step in the right direction in bringing fundamental fairness and equality to all Arizonans. On Tuesday, Brewer raised the possibility of extending statewide discrimination protections for the LGBT community.
"I do not believe in discrimination,'' the governor told Capitol Media Services Tuesday. "We are in the United States of America, and we have great privilege that is afforded to everyone.''
However, referring to whether LGBT persons are being discriminated against, she continued, "That's something we don't see a lot of anymore because of people's changing patterns of discrimination.''
According to HRC data, 53% of LGBT workers are afraid to come out at work for fear of losing their job or not being put up for promotion.
Brewer sees the importance of not sitting idly by anymore and instead bringing this issue front and center. With the veto of SB1062 and her calling on legislators to open the dialogue on a more inclusive Arizona provides opportunity and promise, Brewer is an important ally to LGBT equality in Arizona.
Brewer’s support next session would go a long way with Arizonans and complement our efforts to build a diverse business coalition for inclusive pro-business measures that attract and retain top talent.
HRC is part of the Why Marriage Matters Arizona campaign and is working to pass new non-discrimination ordinances in cities across the state.