Dear Governor Janet Brewer,
I understand that you’ve yet to make your decision as to whether or not you will sign S.B. 1062 in to law by this Friday.
I am neither a resident of Arizona, nor am I gay – so you might question my standing in writing to you on behalf of lobbying for a veto of this legislation.
I love your state and have visited several times over the years; however, if this legislation were to become law, I am bound to boycott the lovely state of Arizona out of principle.
If the bill is passed, Arizona will become synonymous with Russia and Uganda – states that officially discriminate against their citizens based solely on their sexual orientation and sexual preference. This is not only unacceptable, it is un-American.
I’ve no doubt that, if it were to become law, this legislation could stand up to court scrutiny. In fact, I’d be shocked if a court injunction was not levied before it could even be challenged. This affords you a unique opportunity.
Your conservative bonafides are well established. You’ve stood up to the President of the United States and shown you are a strong governor intent on doing what is best for the people of your state in the absence of federal assistance on immigration. You now have the opportunity to continue to show your strength and resolve in doing what is right for all Arizonans and not just a select few.
That select few is not your homosexual citizens asking for nothing more than to reap the benefits that all citizens in your state – and our country enjoy – it is the minority of Christian lobbyists that do not represent the faith or values of the majority of your Christian constituents. While the issue of marriage equality may continue to split along the lines of the faithful – the relegation of minority status and the inherent mistreatment that is associated with it is not only un-Christian, it is beyond the scope of American values.
At this point, you alone have the ability to save Arizona from your legislature. I sincerely hope you make a thoughtful and well articulated position that rebukes this bill sending a clear message to the extreme right fundamentalists that legislation along these lines will not be tolerated in the future.