Seattle-based Alaska Airlines is urging Arizona’s governor to veto a bill that would allow businesses to refuse to serve gay people.
It joins other major airlines and businesses that have spoken out against the bill. Alaska has 20 peak-season daily flights to Phoenix and Tucson from Seattle and Anchorage, with 228 employees based in Arizona.
Alaska CEO Brad Tilden sent the letter on Wednesday morning to Arizona Gov. Janice Brewer. The text of his letter:
“As an Arizona employer and as a participant in the tourism sector, Alaska Airlines urges you to veto Senate Bill 1062. We believe that the proposed legislation, regardless of its intent, will have a chilling effect on travel to Arizona and negatively impact the state’s economy in other ways. This divisive law implies that all are not welcome, that diversity is not tolerated, and that a healthy business climate is an acceptable sacrifice to special interests. We share your goal to make Arizona a thriving tourist destination and hope you will exercise your veto power prudently on Senate Bill 1062.”