Apple Warns Arizona’s Gov. Brewer that Anti-LGBT Bill Could Threaten Planned New Plant in State

1960378_10152247069192489_513652042_nI think it’s safe to say that if Arizona Governor Jan Brewer doesn’t veto the anti-LGBT bill passed by the Arizona state legislature, all hell’s going to break loose.  For the life of me, judging by the backlash it’s received, I can’t even imagine how this atrocity even passed the legislature.

Then again this is Arizona, so very little surprises me.

Proponents of the bill have pathetically tried to paint it as a “religious freedom” bill.  A title that actually causes me to laugh a little bit.  They’re literally trying to legalize discrimination by evoking religion.

But don’t kid yourself for a second, this kind of legislation is exactly what we would see in a nation run by the tea party.  See, in their minds preventing them from being able to discriminate against people they disagree with is somehow an infringement on their rights.  Basically, because certain laws prevent them from denying someone else their rights, they feel that’s an infringement on theirs.

This bill in Arizona has put on the forefront exactly how radical the far-right has become and showcased exactly what they want to try to turn this country into.

Thankfully, opposition to the bill has been fierce.  Companies like Marriott and American Airlines have already voiced their concerns over the bill, and even the NFL has openly condemned it.  The NFL being particularly interesting because next year’s Super Bowl is slated to be held in Arizona.  And while the NFL hasn’t threatened to move the game, if this bill became law, I could definitely see it being considered.

Well, another big name has decided to voice their displeasure with this law.  Apple apparently reached out to Governor Jan Brewer’s office, telling her that if this bill becomes law it could negatively impact the new Sapphire glass plant they’re just about to open up in the state.

Being that Apple has a history as advocates for LGBT rights, if I were Jan Brewer, I wouldn’t take their input lightly.

I still can’t get over the fact that people who support this bill are actually doing so in the name of “religious freedom.”  In this country we have complete religious freedom.  What we don’t have is the freedom to use that religion to discriminate against those with which we disagree.

This bill is nothing more than an unmitigated disaster waiting to happen.  Part of me almost wishes she would sign it into law just to see the incredible backlash Republicans would face within the state.

Though that desire doesn’t outweigh my passion for supporting equal rights, so the sensible side of me hopes that what my gut is telling me is true, and there’s no way Governor Brewer signs this bill into law.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Bravo the the Brave

    If Gov. Brewer signs that bill into law, she would be just another pawn in the Tea Party’s game of trying to turn our country back 70 years+ in time. VETO this bill Gov. Brewer. We want this country to move forward, not backwards.

    • CherMoe

      People in Arizona AND OTHER STATES need to get smart and VETO the Republicans who run for office in their states and get rid of the ones in office now.

  • Bendwat

    I would suggest that Brewer confer with the president of Uganda. Sure she would get wise council on the issue.

    • moe/larry & curly keys

      amgwana !!!!

  • Zac

    Let Apple leave now and show wbat happens to bigots before the Guv makes up her mind…..

  • rossbro

    Just WHY is it taking so long? The bill should have been vetoed five minutes after it was passed. That it was even considered is stunning ! This State needs to be shown that they can not trample civil rights. Move your factories. Move the Super Bowl. Move your Conventions. And tell them why.

  • moe/larry & curly keys

    anyone of normal brain wavelength STILL “think” republicans are good for America??

  • Cufmann

    Much ado about nothing. Bill modeled after Religious Freedom Restoration Act signed by Bill Clinton in 1993, back when Democrats used to support religious freedom, signed into law by the same guy liberals desperately want back in the White House. 20 other states have similar laws on their books, many more are working on similar legislation, all of which do not permit discrimination against gays and lesbians.

    This is the same type of false narrative tactics employed by the left wing in the Ferguson, MO shooting. Liberal bloggers didn’t apologize or correct themselves as the facts dispelled their narrative, they just got angry and more obtuse.