PHOENIX - The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee has come out against controversial SB1062, saying the bill would deal a significant blow to our state's economic growth.
This “Religious Freedom" bill -- as many are referring to it -- would allow business owners to deny service to customers based on their religious beliefs.
Supporters say the bill protects the religious freedom guaranteed to every Arizonan. Opponents say the legislation would lead to businesses discriminating against people, such as those in same-sex unions.
In a statement released Monday afternoon, the committee said:
We share the NFL's core values which embrace tolerance, diversity, inclusiveness and prohibit discrimination. In addition, a key part of the mission for the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee is to promote the economic vitality of Arizona.
On that matter we have heard loud and clear from our various stakeholders that adoption of this legislation would not only run contrary to that goal but deal a significant blow to the state's economic growth potential. We do not support this legislation.
Instead, we look forward to continuing to promote the NFL's values while focusing on the economic momentum apparent in Arizona and capturing the positive worldwide attention associated with hosting Super Bowl XLIX.