Clinco speaks out against SB 1062
Only gay member of Arizona House calls discriminatory bill appalling
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Demion Clinco, D-Tucson (District 2), is the only gay member of the Arizona House of Representatives. He released this statement after the Arizona House of Representatives passed SB 1062.
“As the only representative of the LGBTQ community at the State House, I have to express my complete disappointment in those who supported this bill. It is both discouraging and appalling to see state-sanctioned discrimination being promoted under the veil of religious freedom.
“This legislation clearly targets the LGBTQ community and cities like Phoenix, Tucson and Flagstaff that have extended civil rights protections to the LGBTQ community. I began serving in this chamber less than a month ago, and already I am seeing the dramatic lengths the extremists here will go to push an agenda. For the state to actively pursue legislation that would justify discrimination is an affront to the people of Arizona.
“Ultimately, the LGBTQ community will achieve equality under the law. It is not a matter of if, but merely a matter of when. The passage of this bill is only a momentary setback.”
The Arizona House of Representatives passed SB 1062, 33-27, and the bill now goes to the governor for consideration.
To view a copy of the bill, go to: http://www.azleg.gov/DocumentsForBill.asp?Bill_Number=1062&Session_Id=112&image.x=0&image.y=0.