Apple Asks Arizona Gov To Veto Anti-Gay Bill
Tech giant Apple has officially asked the governor of Arizona to veto a bill that could allow businesses to legally discriminate against homosexuals. The company has influence in the state, where it is planning to open a manufacturing plant that would create thousands of jobs.
Both Apple and Gov. Jan Brewer‘s office confirmed to the Arizona Capitol Times that an unnamed spokesperson for the company had spoken on the phone to Gov. Brewer, and urged her to veto the bill.
Apple is preparing to open a sapphire glass plant in the Arizona city of Mesa. The project would create 1,300 construction and management jobs while being built, and 700 jobs once the plant opens. Apple also operates several stores in the state.
At the time of the plant’s announcement, Gov. Brewer praised the company, and said ”its decision to locate here [in Arizona] speaks volumes about the friendly, pro-business climate we have been creating these past four years.”
But Apple joins dozens of companies and business groups who have now opposed the bill, including The Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Arizona Technology Council, Greater Phoenix Economic Council, Tucson Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Arizona Chamber of Commerce, Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, and Greater Phoenix Leadership.
SB 1062 would redefine the free exercise of religion to apply to business owners, effectively allowing them to refuse treatment based on religions grounds. It passed the state Senate along party lines, but several lawmakers who voted for it are now urging Brewer to veto it.