Zero tolerance for Discrimination

Issues

Under current Arizona law it is perfectly legal to fire individuals from a job, to deny them housing, or to refuse them service because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). Polling shows a majority of Arizonans support a statewide nondiscrimination law that would create protections for all people. I will lead the effort to change the laws of Arizona that allow discrimination.

Many Arizonans assume that nondiscrimination legislation already is in place. But, in fact, that is only true in certain municipalities—Phoenix, Tempe, Flagstaff, Sedona, Chandler and Tucson. Not in Prescott, its surrounding communities, or most of Arizona and the first legislative district.

The Human Rights Campaign released a poll showing 60% of respondents oppose employment discrimination. A similar majority, 59%, supports outlawing discrimination in housing. And 63% support allowing LGBT people to adopt children.

No level or form of discrimination is acceptable. Everyone deserves to feel safe and secure, and each citizen’s privacy must be protected. With perseverance, equality for all can be achieved.