The Mariners voiced opposition Wednesday afternoon to Arizona's anti-gay bill through a statement by chief executive officer Howard Lincoln just prior to the decision by governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation.
The bill that would have allowed business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians on the basis of strongly held religious beliefs.
“The Seattle Mariners have enjoyed 37 years of spring training in Arizona. Our fans flock to Peoria for baseball in March, and have always been made to feel welcome by the businesses and good people of Arizona. This should apply to all of our fans.
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The Mariners respect and value diversity. We welcome fans of all races, colors, religious beliefs, nationalities, ages, and sexual orientations. We believe that intolerance has no place in our game or society. Unfortunately, Senate Bill 1062 sends a message that not everyone is welcome. We hope Governor Brewer will reject that message.”
Brewer announced her decision to veto the bill just before 5:45 p.m. Mountain time.