John M. Becker

Takei: Boycott Arizona if Brewer Signs Anti-Gay Law

Filed By John M. Becker | February 23, 2014 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: Arizona, boycott, George Takei, Jan Brewer, religious exemption, religious freedom, special rights

"The law is breathtaking in its scope. It gives bigotry against us gays and lesbians a powerful and unprecedented weapon. But your mean-spirited representatives and senators know this. They also know that it is going to be struck down eventually by the courts. But they passed it anyway, just to make their hateful opinion of us crystal clear.

"So let me make mine just as clear. If your Governor Jan Brewer signs this repugnant bill into law, make no mistake. We will not come. We will not spend. And we will urge everyone we know-from large corporations to small families on vacation-to boycott. Because you don't deserve our dollars. Not one red cent.

"And maybe you just never learn. In 1989, you voted down recognition of the Martin Luther King holiday, and as a result, conventions and tourists boycotted the state, and the NFL moved the Super Bowl to Pasadena. That was a $500 million mistake.

"So if our appeals to equality, fairness, and our basic right to live in a civil society without doors being slammed in our face for being who we are don't move you, I'll bet a big hit to your pocketbook and state coffers will."

-- Actor, activist, and social media sensation George Takei, slamming Arizona lawmakers who voted to legalize anti-LGBT segregation in the state and pledging to boycott Arizona if Gov. Brewer signs it into law. Takei spends weeks every year in Arizona with his husband Brad Altman, an Arizona native.

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