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George Takei Threatens Arizona With A Boycott

by Jean Ann Esselink on February 24, 2014

in Actions,Discrimination,Jean Ann Esselink,News

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Actor and LGBT activist George Takei has written a scathing open letter to the state of Arizona over the passage of SB1062 – what he has named the “turn away the gays” bill. It speaks for itself:


“Dear Arizona,
Congratulations. You are now the first state actually to pass a bill permitting businesses–even those open to the public–to refuse to provide service to LGBT people based on an individual’s “sincerely held religious belief.” This “turn away the gay” bill enshrines discrimination into the law. Your taxi drivers can refuse to carry us. Your hotels can refuse to house us. And your restaurants can refuse to serve us.
Kansas tried to pass a similar law, but had the good sense to not let it come up for a vote. The quashing came only after the Kansas Chamber of Commerce and other traditional conservative groups came out strongly against the bill.
But not you, Arizona. You’re willing to ostracize and marginalize LGBT people to score political points with the extreme right of the Republican Party. You say this bill protects “religious freedom,” but no one is fooled. When I was younger, people used “God’s Will” as a reason to keep the races separate, too. Make no mistake, this is the new segregation, yours is a Jim Crow law, and you are about to make yourself ground zero.
This bill also saddens me deeply. Brad and I have strong ties to Arizona. Brad was born in Phoenix, and we vacation in Show Low. We have close friends and relatives in the state and spend weeks there annually. We even attended the Fourth of July Parade in Show Low in 2012, looking like a pair of Arizona ranchers.
The law is breathtaking in its scope. It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon. But your mean-spirited representatives and senators know this. They also know that it is going to be struck down eventually by the courts. But they passed it anyway, just to make their hateful opinion of us crystal clear.
So let me make mine just as clear. If your Governor Jan Brewer signs this repugnant bill into law, make no mistake. We will not come. We will not spend. And we will urge everyone we know–from large corporations to small families on vacation–to boycott. Because you don’t deserve our dollars. Not one red cent.
And maybe you just never learn. In 1989, you voted down recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday, and as a result, conventions and tourists boycotted the state, and the NFL moved the Superbowl to Pasadena. That was a $500 million mistake.
So if our appeals to equality, fairness, and our basic right to live in a civil society without doors being slammed in our face for being who we are don’t move you, I’ll bet a big hit to your pocketbook and state coffers will.
George Takei”


Well said, Mr. Takei.

h/t Raging Arizona 
Photo via YouTube.

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madisworldofpie February 24, 2014 at 9:06 am

I'm Madison Kimrey and George Takei's stand on this inspired me to start a petition to the NFL, asking them to pledge they will not send the Superbowl to any state with these discrimination laws. You can read more about my petition here:

duane4ta February 24, 2014 at 1:10 pm

I STAND with the 'George'…! MY $$ STAYS OUT OF ARIZONA ! I evben want an 'apology' from 'that' State…

Concerned50 February 24, 2014 at 2:15 pm

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Khalila RedBird February 24, 2014 at 3:37 pm

George speaks for me on this.

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