Following Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's veto last night of SB 1062, which would have allowed businesses to legally refuse service to anyone on "religious freedom" grounds, effectively allowing them to discriminate against gay people and others, the state's largest convention and visitors bureau, Visit Phoenix, issued a statement applauding her move. The statement says Brewer's veto delivered "the clear message that Arizona remains a welcoming place for all visitors. We opposed this bill not only because it was detrimental to the state's economy but because it would have sullied Phoenix's reputation as a diverse, inclusive and cosmopolitan travel destination. We also believe that the massive opposition to this bill within Phoenix and across our state -- from individuals, churches, businesses, chambers of commerce, mayors of the state's largest cities, both our U.S. senators, the majority of our representatives in the House and, finally, our governor -- communicates the true character of Arizona."
The statement is posted on the CVB's website