Arizona Judge Protects LGBTQ Protections in Phoenix

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Arizona Judge Protects LGBTQ Protections in Phoenix
Source: ONE Community
A judge has ruled that a business owner’s religious beliefs do not entitle them to a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people!  With similar cases appearing before the Supreme Court next month, today’s decision is a huge victory moving forward not just for the City of Phoenix, but for the entire nation.
 
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has stopped an attempt to roll back the City of Phoenix’s inclusive non-discrimination ordinance that protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination.  The Alliance Defending Freedom, a named hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, filed the suit against the City of Phoenix on behalf of Brush and Nib Studio.  The suit alleged the city’s ordinance would compel them to create invitations or artwork for same-sex couples, which is against their religious beliefs.  
 
While the freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental values, we know it does not give people the right to impose their beliefs on others, to harm others, or to discriminate in the public square or in commerce. 

 

Earlier this year, ONE Community was critical in convening over 60 organizations including trade associations, large and small businesses, and community organizations to file an amicus curiae brief with the Arizona Court of Appeals in support of the City of Phoenix and the non-discrimination ordinance.  If you’d like to support efforts like this to ensure an Arizona that is open for business to everyone, or would like to learn more about the work we do click here.

To support our non-discrimination education work click here.

In Unity,
The ONE Community Team

About ONE Community: 

Since our inception in 2008, ONE Community has evolved into member-based coalition of socially responsible businesses, organizations and individuals who support and promote diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonans.

In February 2013, ONE Community launched the UNITY Pledge a concerted effort by Arizona businesses and individuals to advance workplace equality and equal treatment in housing and public accommodations for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) individuals and their allies. The business community and like-minded individuals understand that if we want to compete for top talent, we must have diverse and inclusive workplaces

In February 2014, SB1062 began making headlines. ONE Community was in a unique position to reach out to the businesses, organizations and individuals who had signed the UNITY Pledge and encouraged them to share what they know – discrimination is bad for business and bad for the State of Arizona.

We partnered with ONE Community business member, FASTSIGNS on Central to create the OPEN for Business to Everyone signs. During the peak of SB 1062, we distributed more than 3500 signs in less than 72 hours and the sign was shared more than 100,000 times on the internet. Individuals and businesses throughout the state, posted the sign in their storefronts, offices and homes.

We are committed to reshaping Arizona’s image through educating, empowering and connecting our diverse LGBT and allied communities on the benefits of inclusion and its direct impact on attracting and retaining top talent and businesses—and thereby, ensuring our state’s economic sustainability.

Source: ONE Community 

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