Stanton, Council Ask Governor to Veto S.B. 1062

Mayor Greg Stanton and the City Council voted this afternoon to ask Gov. Jan Brewer to veto S.B. 1062, ill-conceived legislation that would provide new legal protections to those who actively discriminate against members of the LGBT community.

The Council urged a veto with an 8 to 1 vote. Councilman Sal DiCiccio was the only council member to support the bill.

“Phoenix is an open, tolerant and inclusive community that respects the rights of every person,” said Stanton. “I’m proud that the City Council spoke with a strong and united voice that this bill is wrong, and must be vetoed.” Read more »

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Phoenix Pride Welcomes One Voice Community Center to its Family of Programs

Phoenix Pride is excited to welcome the One Voice Community Center to its family 
of programs. Through careful consideration by the Phoenix Pride Board of Directors and the One 
Voice Community Center Board of Directors, the decision has been made for Phoenix Pride to 
acquire the One Voice Community Center to further serve the community and ensure its future. 
 
Phoenix Pride’s mission is to celebrate and promote the history, diversity and future prosperity of the 
metropolitan Phoenix LGBTQ community. By these two organization joining together, Phoenix Pride 
is able to ensure that the Community Center thrives and sustains to serve the community for many  Read more »

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A Republican Lobbyist Is Trying To Get Gay Football Players Banned From The NFL

A Republican Lobbyist Is Trying To Get Gay Football Players Banned From The NFL

A Republican lobbyist is preparing legislation that would ban gay athletes from playing in the National Football League, a move he says is necessary to prevent American society from sliding into indecency.

Jack Burkman, the CEO of Burkman LLC, said Monday that he would push Republican lawmakers to support the measure, which he put together after college football star Michael Sam announced that he is gay. In an interview with The Huffington Post, Burkman insisted that five members of the House of Representatives and one senator are interested in co-sponsoring the bill, and that those numbers would rise to 36 and five, respectively, within three weeks. Notably, he declined to name any of the lawmakers in question. Read more »

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Eric Holder To State AGs: You Don't Have To Defend Gay Marriage Bans

Eric Holder To State AGs: You Don't Have To Defend Gay Marriage Bans

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder urged his state-level counterparts to recognize that they're not required to defend any state ban on same-sex marriage, speaking to The New York Times on Monday.

Holder argued that attorneys general should apply significant scrutiny to laws -- like gay marriage bans -- that raise constitutional issues before deciding to defend them.

“Engaging in that process and making that determination is something that’s appropriate for an attorney general to do,” he told the Times. Read more »

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Open for Business to EVERYONE!

Open for Business to EVERYONE!

Are you a business owner or concerned citizen who would like to show your unified support against SB 1062? We encourage you to print out these following sign and display it proudly on your store front or home!

You can print this out directly here: http://ocaz.co/CSx

Here's some information on SB 1062/HB 2153: Read more »

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Religious Right in Arizona Cheers Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gays

Religious Right in Arizona Cheers Bill Allowing Businesses to Refuse to Serve Gays

In New Mexico, a photographer declined to take pictures of a lesbian couple’s commitment ceremony. In Washington State, a florist would not provide flowers for a same-sex wedding. And in Colorado, a baker refused to make a cake for a party celebrating the wedding of two men.

The business owners cited religious beliefs in declining to provide services celebrating same-sex relationships. And in each case, they were sued. Read more »

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IMMEDIATE ACTION NEEDED TODAY: Reach out to the Governor's Office!

HB 2153/SB 1062 are headed to Governor Brewer's desk!
PLEASE CALL AND WRITE THE GOVERNOR'S OFFICE!
#Bad4AZBiz

HB 2153 and SB 1062 “exercise of religion; state action” change the statutory definition of exercise of religion to allow anyone to claim religious belief as a legal defense for their actions, including defense for refusing to do business with an individual whose sexual orientation or faith is not in line with their own.  HB 2153 and SB 1062 seek to expand the “right” to discriminate. Read more »

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Location

Talking Stick Resort
9800 E Indian Bend Rd
Scottsdale, AZ 85250

Join the first NetworkingPhoenix Signature Event of 2014!

Monday, February 24th: 6pm – 9pm at the Talking Stick Resort

…Three times a year, 1,500+ of Phoenix's finest professionals, business owners and key individuals attend the NetworkingPhoenix Signature Event for one thing:

POWERFUL CONNECTIONS

…The NetworkingPhoenix Signature Event is the MOST popular networking event in town and has facilitated a significant amount of business deals. 

Who will be attending the 17TH Signature Event? Read more »

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