League of Arizona Cities & Towns Passes LGBTQ-Inclusive Nondiscrimination Resolution

By Shane Stahl • August 27, 2018 • 3:00 pm

The League of Arizona Cities & Towns, a coalition of Arizona municipalities has adopted a resolution in support of a statewide nondiscrimination law that would protect LGBTQ people from discrimination in housing, employment, and public accommodations, showing increasing support in the Grand Canyon State for statewide protections.

The resolution, which reads: “Amend statute to protect from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” was passed on August 21st by the Resolutions Committee.

The conversation about LGBTQ nondiscrimination isn’t new to Arizona – to date, five cities in the state have already passed their own comprehensive protections, including Tucson, Sedona, and capital city Phoenix. Despite the progress, Arizona is one of 31 states without comprehensive state-level LGBTQ nondiscrimination protections.

Mesa Mayor John Miles, who introduced the resolution, said in a statement:

“I am proud to have introduced this important resolution to the League of Arizona Cities & Towns. Not only is this a basic human right that deserves protection, expanding our state non-discrimination statute is vital to advancing the economic development and prosperity of our communities. World class companies like Apple and the travel and tourism industries look for these protections when scouting a new location, expanding their business or hosting an event.”

City of Scottsdale councilwoman Virginia Korte also added:

“Our lack of protections put us at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to attracting and retaining talent, businesses, and large events.  Additionally, treating everyone with fairness and respect is morally incumbent upon us all.”

ONE Community Arizona, the state’s leading LGBTQ advocacy group, welcomed the resolution’s passage.

President and Co-Founder Angela Hughey said:

“We applaud the League for their commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality for all Arizonans. This resolution recognizes that updating our laws is both an economic issue and the right thing to do. Patchwork laws are bad for business and bad for Arizonans.  Nobody’s rights should depend on their zip code.”

To learn more about the history of nondiscrimination in Arizona, click here to visit our state page.

And click here to read more about ONE Community AZ.

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