Abbie Sedgeman Staff Writer@The_Sedgetable Recently, America has taken many steps forward towards securing equal LGBT rights, especially with the recent news of athletes being able to come out to their teammates without an issue. Despite Arizona taking a massive step back with the Senate passing the anti-gay legislation, many big businesses that would be directly involved are making a stand. So far, three major airlines are calling for Arizona Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation, attempting to preserve the current amount of progress America has made. The ‘Refuse Service’ bill will allow businesses the right to refuse service to LGBT customers based on religious grounds. American Airlines, based in Texas, has condemned the legislation, with Doug Parker, chief executive officer, saying in a letter to Brewer: “There is genuine concern throughout the business community that this bill, if signed into law, would jeopardize all that has been accomplished so far.” The Atlanta-based Delta Airlines has a similar opinion: “As a global values-based company, Delta Air Lines is proud of the diversity of its customers and employees, and is deeply concerned about proposed measures in several states, including Georgia and Arizona, that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. If passed into law, these proposals would cause significant harm to many people and will result in job losses. They would also violate Delta’s core values of mutual respect and dignity ... Delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals.” Whitney Eichinger, a spokeswoman for the Dallas-based Southwest Airlines told Bloomberg and The Seattle Times: “We believe in an inclusive environment that embraces and values each customer and employee. We could never support legislation that runs counter to our values of respect for each person and our strong nondiscrimination policy.” Airlines aren’t the only businesses speaking out against this legislation though; Apple, Intel and Yelp are among many that have called to veto the legislation. Brewer has until Saturday to either sign, or veto the bill.
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