Apple, NFL, American Airlines Urge Ariz. Gov. Jan Brewer to Veto 'Wrong Message' Anti-Gay Bill

PHOTO: Cameras follow Arizona Governor Jan Brewer as she walks through the National Governors Association Winter Meeting at the JW Marriott in Washington, Feb. 22, 2014.

Companies are publicly appealing to Arizona Gov. Janice "Jan" Brewer to veto a bill that would permit business to refuse gay customers.

Here are some of the companies that have confirmed communication, such as letters and phone calls, to the governor's office. Read more about the bill.

1. American Airlines

"There is genuine concern throughout the business community that this bill, if signed into law, would jeopardize all that has been accomplished so far," Doug Parker, CEO of American Airlines, wrote in a letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer that was dated Feb. 24.

American Airlines, based in Fort Worth, Texas, merged with US Airways, which is based in Phoenix.

"Few states suffered as greatly during the recession as Arizona," Parker writes in the letter. "Thanks to a collaborative effort between the business and civic communities, we have been able to generate an economic comeback that is beginning to show great signs of success. There is genuine concern throughout the business community that this bill, if signed into law, would jeopardize all that has been accomplished so far. Wholly apart from the stated intent of this legislation, the reality is that it has the very real potential of slowing down the momentum we have achieved by reducing the desire of businesses to locate in Arizona and depressing the travel and tourism component of the economy if both convention traffic and individual tourists decide to go elsewhere. Our economy thrives best when the doors of commerce are open to all. This bill sends the wrong message."

2. Apple Inc.

A spokesperson for Apple Inc. confirmed to ABC News that there was a call to Gov. Jan Brewer from one of the company's top executives urging the governor to veto the bill allowing businesses to deny service to gay customers.

Apple is opening a plant in Mesa, Ariz., that is expected to create about 2,000 jobs.

3. NFL's Arizona Cardinals

"What so many love about football is its ability to bring people together," a statement from the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals read. "We do not support anything that has the potential to divide, exclude and discriminate. As a prominent and highly-visible member of this community, we strive to bring positive attention to the state. We are concerned with anything that creates a negative perception of Arizona and those of us who are fortunate to call it home."

The Arizona Super Bowl host committee, which does not represent the NFL but is planning the Super Bowl next year in Glendale's University of Phoenix stadium, also is hoping Gov. Brewer vetoes the legislation.

"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," the host committee statement read. "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."

4. Marriott

  • 1
  • |
  • 2
  • |
  • 3
Join the Discussion
blog comments powered by Disqus
You Might Also Like...