PHOENIX -- After the weekly media meeting for House Democrats at the capitol Monday, Democratic House Minority Leader Chad Campbell said Senate Bill 1062 could affect the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, Ariz.
"I think that the sports community is going to start looking at this and take a serious second look at whether or not they actually want to have the biggest sporting event in the world hosted in a state that is openly promoting, bigotry and discrimination," Campbell said, adding that bill really makes the state look bad.
Campbell went further, calling SB 1062 a "horrible bill."
"Both morally and economically it is a horrible bill," he said. "You're talking about really putting a sign on the front door of Arizona saying ‘We don't want a certain group of people here.'"
In a statement, the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee said it does not support SB 1062.
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.
Campbell compared SB 1062 to Arizona not recognizing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day back in the 1990s.
"We have a history of the legislature passing bills that end up in court and then being tossed," he said. "Senate Bill 1070 is another great example of that."
SB 1062 would make it legal for a business to deny services on the basis of someone's sexual orientation. Gov. Jan Brewer has until the close of business Saturday to sign it into law or veto it.
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