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AZ License to Discriminate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Ariana Bostian-Kentes, President and Co-Founder
ariana@milpfc.org, 571-354-MPFC (6732)

THE MILITARY PARTNERS AND FAMILIES COALITION APPLAUDS
GOVERNOR BREWER’S DECISION TO VETO THE “LICENSE TO DISCRIMINATE” BILL

(Washington, D.C., February 26, 2014) – Earlier this month, the Arizona State legislature introduced, and approved, Senate Bill 1062, colloquially known as the “License to Discriminate” bill. If signed into law, this bill would have given any business the legal right to discriminate against known members, perceived members, and supporters of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people, is before Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who vetoed a similar bill last year.or individual a license to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender people, is before Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who vetoed a similar bill last year.

The Military Partners and Families Coalition applauds the decision to veto Arizona’s State Senate Bill 1062 but warns that this is just the latest in a series of threats to the basic American rights our military families have fought to secure.

Ariana Bostian-Kentes, President and Co-Founder of MPFC states: “Many of us are breathing a sigh of relief that this discriminatory bill was vetoed. Today, the entire state of Arizona was prevented from taking a giant step back with regard to equality for LGBT Americans. This entire week also highlighted the important role of our allies, especially in the business sector, whose welcome clamor affirmed that this type of ‘lawful’ discrimination is harmful to the entire community.”

The Military Partners and Families Coalition now looks toward Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant for similar action on their “License to Discriminate” Bill, which received unanimous bi-partisan support on their legislative floor. On behalf of our military families serving in your states, we call on every other member of the Governor’s Caucus to ensure these licenses to discriminate are never signed into law.

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Military Partners and Families Coalition (MPFC) is a leading national organization providing support, resources, education, and advocacy for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender military families. Founded in 2011 by a group of spouses and partners of U.S. Armed Forces service members stationed in the U.S. and overseas, MPFC is a non-profit, non-partisan organization based in Washington, D.C. For more information, go to www.milpfc.org.

 

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