This week I wrote letters to virtually every Chamber of Commerce, Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Home Builder’s Association in the state of Arizona.
I explained to them that even in spite of the Governor’s veto of SB 1062, they could rest assured Ricky and I would never set foot in the state of Arizona. Nor would we invest any retirement resources in a state that clearly would prefer we live somewhere else.
SB 1062 was a bill passed by both chambers that would protect those who because of their strongly held religious beliefs choose to deny goods and services to gay people.
I actually don’t disagree with this type of legislation, because I would like to know where NOT to spend my money.
The deal with Arizona is that there are no laws prohibiting discrimination against gay people.
It is perfectly legal for a bakery owner can stand in his doorway and say “I think you might be a homo, and I don’t like homos. I won’t sell you a cake.”
(If he were to say “I hate black homos” that would be against the law)
Rumor has it the tipping point in the Governor’s veto was the NFL hinting they may reconsider where to hold next year’s Super Bowl.
In my letter to the NFL, I encouraged them to reconsider their choice of states to host the Super Bowl, and perhaps select one that does not aggressively seek out opportunities to discriminate against her citizens.
It’s been my observation that morality often comes down to dollars and cents. Minnesota’s reconsideration of their ban on Sunday liquor sales is a current example.
Couples like Ricky and I will not be spending $200,000 on condos in Arizona, nor will we be spending 20-30 grand each winter we go south to escape this brutal cold.
We are in our mid 50′s. Do the math.
Today’s Gay Agenda: As all this was playing out, Ricky was making his way across the state of Arizona on his way back here, trying to avoid spending one more dollar or moment in a state that apparently can do just fine without us.