Mayor Jonathan Rothschild has joined the chorus of opposition to SB 1062.

In an open letter, he urged Arizonans to demand Governor Jan Brewer veto the bill that has created a national backlash by gay rights groups.

Rothschild said the bill would turn the clocks back on the civil rights movement to a time when Jim Crow laws flourished.

In addition to opposing the bill on grounds it sanctions discrimination, Rothschild fears it could damage the state’s economy. He said groups might enact boycotts and other measures similar to what happened when the state dragged its feet on passing a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and when it implemented the immigration bill, SB 1070.

“SB 1062 and HB 2153 are not only offensive, but if signed into law, will cause our state and our region significant harm,” he wrote.

You can read the letter here.

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