The tech giant had to threaten the State of Arizona that if the latter brings in an anti-gay bill Apple will move its glass manufacturing plant elsewhere. It seems that the Republican governor Jan Brewer had a plan to save the world by allowing businesses to discriminate against gays on religious grounds. Apparently, it is what Jesus would have wanted.
Although the bill in question passed, Brewer is currently facing pressure to drop it, as it is deemed illegal, “state-sanctioned discrimination” and proof that Arizona is almost as backward and retarded as Florida.
Now Apple and a number of other international companies issue letters and make some phone calls telling everyone that Arizona would take a financial hit if the anti-gay bill passed. For example, Apple was ready to launch a large new glass manufacturing plant in Mesa, Arizona, but now says that it won’t do so if the bill goes ahead. The company can be understood – who wants to see their employees banned from a local restaurant?
In addition, the Marriot hotel chain also claimed that the measure “would have profound negative impacts on the hospitality industry of the state and on Arizona’s overall economic climate for years to come”.
Finally, a couple of the state’s senators (both Republican) also weighed in on Twitter, asking for a veto. In the meantime, other Republican Arizona state lawmakers preferred to change sides, after they realized that being anti-gay probably may not get them as many votes as they thought before, but rather hack off their corporate sponsors.
As a result, 3 state senators, who initially voted in favor of the law, changed their mind and claimed that the proposal had been mistakenly approved in haste and would cause “immeasurable harm” to the state’s national image (or already did). The Republican governor Jan Brewer replied that she has time to make a decision on whether or not to sign or veto.