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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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