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Swalwell wants Superbowl moved out of Arizona if anti-gay bill is passed

Urges NFL to commit to move as incentive for governor to veto measure

Congressman Eric Swalwell (D-Dublin) called on the National Football League today to commit to moving the 2015 Super Bowl out of Arizona should Governor Jan Brewer sign a so-called anti-gay bill into law.

The governor said she will decide by Saturday whether to sign or veto the bill, State Senate Bill 1062, which the Arizona legislature has approved.

The bill would enable businesses in Arizona to refuse to serve people simply because they are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

"In a recent statement, the NFL recognized that its policy emphasizes tolerance and inclusiveness, and I'm asking the NFL to stand by its words," said Swalwell.

"Arizona is fortunate to be the host of the 2015 Super Bowl, and I urge the NFL to commit to moving (it) if the anti-gay SB 1062 is signed into law. In doing so, it would send a powerful signal that the NFL will not stand by while discriminatory laws are enacted."

Swalwell wants the NFL to commit now to moving the Superbowl out of Arizona as an incentive for Brewer to veto the bill.

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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 26, 2014 at 4:39 pm

Excellent Congressman Swalwell! The SF Giants should move their training facilities back to California too, Palm Springs would be a nice location. I've already sent a note to the a Giants suggesting that.


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Posted by Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2014 at 6:13 pm

Here, here. Such a brave and bold step to protect his very vocal followers. Palm Springs for spring training, really? Is Fire island unavailable! or a field in the Castro. You know all those players keep slapping each other on the butt, so you know, they must play for your team, Eric. Or is this just another harassment and intimidation tactic from an increasingly whiny, vocal troup of squirrels?
You ask for tolerance. I barely tolerate you, only because of the law. Acceptance of perversion will never happen.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Feb 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Swalwell is a little premature. He should wait for a decision then make his comment. I voted for Swalwell, and get irritated with his rookie statements.
The NFL had already indicated they would vacate if the decision was not consistent with their stated policy.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 26, 2014 at 7:35 pm

The bill was already vetoed. It is a moot point.


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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Feb 26, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Palm Springs, CA is warmer than Tucson, AZ by 5F.

Tucson, AZ is wetter than Palm Springs, CA by 6.8 in.

Your rant was interesting Right. The above statistic is why I suggested Palm Springs along with the interest in keeping the money that leaves the state for spring training here where it belongs. I never even considered the reasons you pointed out in your obvious hate filled, homophobic scolding. I'm glad you barely tolerate my straight, hetro preferences because of the law, because I could care less about what you do with squirrels, or other "butt slapping" activities you expressed your knowledge of, it makes no difference to me.



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