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Phoenix City Council votes to urge governor to veto SB 1062

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The Phoenix City Council voted 8-1 Tuesday afternoon to urge Gov. Jan Brewer to veto SB 1062.

The vote took place at the City Council's policy meeting at City Council Chambers.

Councilman Sal DiCiccio was the only council member to support the bill.

"Phoenix is an open, tolerant and inclusive community that respects the rights of every person," said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. "I'm proud that the City Council spoke with a strong and united voice that this bill is wrong, and must be vetoed."

SB 1062 takes direct aim at Phoenix's anti-discrimination ordinance, passed in March 2013, which made it unlawful to deny a person employment, housing or public accommodation on the basis of sexual orientation, said Seth Scott, policy director for the mayor's office.

Those pushing for SB 1062 to become law are the same who vehemently opposed Phoenix's ordinance, suggesting that human rights measures infringe on "religious freedom," and that protecting members of the LGBT community would hurt children, Scott said.

Sal DiCiccio said that Phoenix's non-discrimination ordinance was "extremist and radical for Phoenix" and "criminalizing businesses."

After Stanton and the City Council passed the ordinance, Cathi Herrod and the Center for Arizona Policy said, "Make no mistake, the actions by the Council last night severely limit the religious freedom rights of everyone in the city of Phoenix. . . [T]he Bathroom Bill has serious negative implications for the safety of women and children."

Herrod suggested that to combat Phoenix's law, her supporters would pursue action at the State Legislature - and S.B. 1062 is the result, Scotts said. 

Phoenix's equality index score of 100 was first in the state. The next seven largest cities in Arizona earned an average score of 42, and the national average is 57.

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