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How Corporate America Forced Arizona Bill's Veto
ABC News ^ | 02/27/2014 | SCOTT MAYEROWITZ

Posted on 02/27/2014 2:09:08 PM PST by SeekAndFind

When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand.

Voicing concern for their employees, customers and bottom lines, prominent companies from American Airlines to Verizon used threats of reduced business to help convince Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer to veto legislation that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to gays based on the owner's religious beliefs.

Companies have long spoken out about certain issues they felt threatened their bottom lines, such as taxation and the minimum wage. The strong opposition to the Arizona bill signals an acknowledgement by businesses that it's not just economic policies that can be harmful to their profits. They need to be more willing than ever to wade into social issues.

Companies also recognize that many of their employees and customers are gay and try to forester an open and inviting corporate environment.

"Business used to restrict itself to economic issues but they're now seeing the importance of other kinds of issues," said Darrell M. West, vice president of governance studies at the Brookings Institution.

The measure Brewer vetoed Wednesday night would have allowed people to cite their religious beliefs as a defense against claims of discrimination. She faced intense pressure from gay rights supporters, prominent politicians and local businesses. But ultimately, it might have been the national business community that tipped the scales.

"They seem to have had a dramatic impact on the decision," West said. "When you get major companies weighing in about the possible negative impact, that makes a big difference."

Arizona is a large tourism and convention destination. The state is the spring training home to several Major League Baseball teams and is hosting the Super Bowl next year.

(Excerpt) Read more at abcnews.go.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: abcdisneynews; arizona; corporateliberalism; corporation; gaymarriage; homosexualagenda; homosexuality; janbrewer; pinkjournalism; sb1062; waltsrotatingcorpse

1 posted on 02/27/2014 2:09:08 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Big Business has been forcing leftist policies on people for a while now, and gay marriage was no. 1.


2 posted on 02/27/2014 2:11:26 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SeekAndFind

Voicing concern for their employees, customers and bottom lines...

BS. If their were huge boycotts against these companies and they lost millions, they would change their decision. Its all about the bottom line.


3 posted on 02/27/2014 2:13:27 PM PST by icwhatudo (Low taxes and less spending in Sodom and Gomorrah is not my idea of a conservative victory)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m really to a point where if the Dems started pushing a bill to tax the snot out of “corporate America,” I wouldn’t protest. To hell with them. They have contributed mightily to turning America into the depraved cesspool it has become.


4 posted on 02/27/2014 2:13:41 PM PST by greene66
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To: SeekAndFind
If I were the governor of a State receiving this kind of ultimatum from a corporation, I'd be referring them to my State AG.
5 posted on 02/27/2014 2:14:16 PM PST by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: greene66
I’m really to a point where if the Dems started pushing a bill to tax the snot out of “corporate America,” I wouldn’t protest.

I have heard that America already has the highest tax rates on corporations in the world. Not disagreeing with you, just saying it can't get much worse.

6 posted on 02/27/2014 2:17:19 PM PST by Hardastarboard (The question of our age is whether a majority of Americans can and will vote us all into slavery.)
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To: SeekAndFind

It would have been ruled unconstitutional by some libtard judge even if she’d signed it into law.


7 posted on 02/27/2014 2:20:04 PM PST by Sans-Culotte (Psalm 14:1 ~ The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”)
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To: SeekAndFind

I am done with the NFL. MLB.came in cheer leading right at the end

Imus and all the guys on that show who pretend to be men have been championing this stuff oblivious to the pressures it puts on religious observers They use late night TV hosts as proof of what’s popular as if studio audiences aren’t told what to applaud at and what to laugh at

New Yorkers listen to this on the radio. They think they’re thinking- its the opposite

I work with gays we coexist This puts pressure where there was none

And biden started it


8 posted on 02/27/2014 2:28:05 PM PST by stanne
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To: greene66

I agree in spirit with the taxing “corporate America”, but the Corps doing this are the giant multi-nationals for the most part, that really don’t give a crap about the taxes, they just pass it onto consumers. It hurts the smaller corporations that might have a 100 even 1000 workers; that are just trying to survive.


9 posted on 02/27/2014 2:32:06 PM PST by jbwbubba
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To: SeekAndFind

A panic all ginned up by the gaymeisters.

What was to fear from their point of view? They already determined they were going after the “gay” market. This law wouldn’t force them not to. Wha hoppen?


10 posted on 02/27/2014 2:39:28 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: stanne

It sure outed a lot of folks.


11 posted on 02/27/2014 2:39:53 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: icwhatudo

“Companies also recognize that many of their employees and customers are gay and try to forester an open and inviting corporate environment.”

Hmmm....are any of their employees and customers Christian?


12 posted on 02/27/2014 2:47:26 PM PST by joshua c (Please dont feed the liberals)
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To: jbwbubba

Oh, I’d still stand up for small businesses and their owners. I’ve historically been kneejerk anti-tax, regardless. But these corporate multi-nationals, in bed with the socialist government via crony-esque partnerships, as well as pushing the deviant homo agenda... I have utter contempt for them. They are the enemy to everything I value.


13 posted on 02/27/2014 2:47:28 PM PST by greene66
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s all about the money. They would have supported Nazis in Germany because, after all, Nazis make and can spend more money.


14 posted on 02/27/2014 2:50:10 PM PST by informavoracious (Open your eyes, people!)
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To: joshua c

Christians do “buycotts” a lot better than boycotts... it’s ingrained in the gospel. Do something good and you will see a Chik-Fil-A phenomenon. Do something bad and meh, after a few months nobody knows the difference.


15 posted on 02/27/2014 2:56:58 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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16 posted on 02/27/2014 3:04:03 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: SeekAndFind
Isn't it remarkable how the only conservative victory in recent years has been lowering the taxes of big business and the rich. It seems as though they are conservative only when it affects their bottom line. The more we lower their taxes the less conservative they are and the ones left are completely feckless country club sell out monkeys.
17 posted on 02/27/2014 3:04:39 PM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: Hardastarboard

“I have heard that America already has the highest tax rates on corporations in the world. Not disagreeing with you, just saying it can’t get much worse.”

If so they de\srerve it. The rates might be high but thanks to the political system with loopholes etc they probably end up paying less.


18 posted on 02/27/2014 3:09:00 PM PST by amnestynone (Lindsey Graham is feckless, duplicitous, treacherous, double dealing backstabbing Corksucker.)
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To: amnestynone

We have an epidemic spiritual problem here.

Conservative has to be viewed in context. America used to have a good enough gospel/bible foundation that it was noticeable. Perfect no, distinctive yes.

Conservative here means something different than, say, conservative in Russia just coming out of the Communist era (in which conservatives would be pro-communism, obviously).

Anyhow it’s the gospel which has to be grasped again. Without that, all manner of ungodly ills beset the country.


19 posted on 02/27/2014 3:11:56 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: amnestynone

Well there’s a problem trying to sock it to your neighbor without socking it to yourself as well. Interconnected economic system.

The solution is orthogonal to all this. It is the gospel.


20 posted on 02/27/2014 3:13:43 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Crony capitalists against small business. Stacking the decks.


21 posted on 02/27/2014 3:47:22 PM PST by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: SeekAndFind
When an important social issue intersected with business in Arizona, Corporate America decided it was time to take a stand, excepting Muslims, of course.
22 posted on 02/27/2014 3:54:37 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Businesses have to say what the government wants them to in a fascist system.
So they said what the government borrowers and spenders they’re dependent on wanted them to say.
And they always will as long as they’re dependent.


23 posted on 02/27/2014 4:01:55 PM PST by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat Party!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ll not contribute another dime to the NFL. Not that they are getting much from me now to be honest......but if I had season tickets I would cancel them, if I had a paid TV game package I would cancel it. Not going to buy any more logo merchandise.


24 posted on 02/27/2014 4:07:34 PM PST by Some Fat Guy in L.A. (Still bitterly clinging to rational thought despite it's unfashionability)
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To: SeekAndFind

All this to kow-tow to one percent of the population? Political correctness has really caught on.


25 posted on 02/27/2014 4:09:06 PM PST by ErnBatavia (The 0baMao Experiment: Abject Failure)
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To: Navy Patriot
ABC wants other companies to adopt a liberal bias so they can all go down the toilet together. I would be selling stock in any company that thinks supporting liberal policies is a good business decision.
26 posted on 02/27/2014 5:35:25 PM PST by peeps36 (I'm Not A Racist, I Hate Douchebags of All Colors)
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To: SeekAndFind

Secular humanists only win in this world.... they lose the war..


27 posted on 02/27/2014 5:40:20 PM PST by delchiante
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To: ErnBatavia

Our enemy is not homosexuals or even homosexual activists. The enemy is the millions of liberal Americans who use the issue to expunge religion from society, government, and culture. The key to the homosexual agenda is that its primary goals have nothing to do with homosexuality.


28 posted on 02/27/2014 8:36:31 PM PST by BurningOak (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2830849/reply?c=1)
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To: Some Fat Guy in L.A.

Many people see the half time show and the commericals, the game is secondary. New Fagit League.


29 posted on 02/28/2014 8:06:58 AM PST by TomasUSMC (FIGHT LIKE WW2, WIN LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.)
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To: nickcarraway

Corporate America needs to be taken down a notch or two and Main street America take the lead for a change, Reagan realized this. Corporate America along with the crony capitalist socialist are destroying the country.


30 posted on 02/28/2014 11:15:33 AM PST by sarge83
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