National Hispanic Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Convention from Arizona

February 26, 2014 at 2:49 PM 4 comments

Here’s their press release:

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The Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls its 2015 Annual Convention From Phoenix in Response to Arizona’s SB 1062

Washington, D.C. – The HNBA announced today that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.

On Monday, February 24th, the HNBA denounced the Arizona legislature’s passage of SB 1062.  The HNBA also called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation and still hopes that she will do so.  As set forth in its February 24th press release, SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  

The proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the state.  Accordingly, the HNBA’s Board of Governors voted unanimously to immediately pull the Annual Convention.




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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. coconutspeak  |  February 26, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    God bless them all! I’m so proud to be Latina right now. If one group is oppressed in any way, we are all oppressed. Discrimination is a virus that travels quickly in humanity, until you kill it. Does Arizona really want to be anti-Constitution? If that’s the case, then they are anti-American.

  • 2. Tim Truett  |  February 27, 2014 at 5:08 AM

    You know, SB 1062 is far more broadly reaching than “just” the LGBT community ~ the bill does not mention sexuality at all. It is so broadly written that is allows any “person” (meaning any individual, business entity, social organization, or religious group) to discriminate on any ground whatsoever as long as its doing so is based on religious conviction. As written the bill defies the 13th, 14th Amendments, the Equal Protection Clause and every piece of anti-discrimination legislation ever attempted. Of course as a matter of law it cannot abrogate Federal Constitutional or Legislative enactments, but it certainly accomplishes that at the state level.

  • 3. Say It Ain't So Already  |  February 27, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    Oh, I know. The bill was horrible. Anyone could discriminate against anyone as long as they claimed to have done so based on their religious beliefs. There’s way too much emphasis on the GLBT aspect of this in the media. It was very, very broad. I almost wish it would be implemented for a few weeks or a month so we could all watch the utter chaos it would cause.

  • 4. Tim Truett  |  February 27, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    That would be interesting. We may get the chance because this kind of legislation seems to be the flavor of the month.

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