American Airlines, Marriott Urge Arizona Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Bill

02/24/2014 06:36 pm ET | Updated Feb 24, 2014
  • Harry Bradford Associate Editor, HuffPost Business and HuffPost Small Business
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Marriott Hotels and American Airlines have both written letters to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) requesting that she veto the pending anti-gay legislation SB 1062. The bill, which passed both houses of the state legislature last week, would allow businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples on the grounds of "religious freedom."

BuzzFeed legal editor Chris Geidner tweeted what he said was a copy of Marriott's letter Monday. In the letter, the hotel chain said the law would have “profound negative impacts” both on hotels operating in Arizona and the state's economy as a whole. Marriott did not immediately return The Huffington Post's requests for comment.

American Airlines sent a separate letter Monday expressing similar sentiments. If enacted, the airline said, the law would “jeopardize” Arizona’s economic recovery by “reducing the desire of businesses to locate in Arizona.”

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