April 9, 2013; Anaheim, CA, USA; General view of opening week logo on field before the Los Angeles Angels play against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

MLB joins fight against Arizona Senate Bill 1062


Over the last few days, many organizations have joined together to fight Arizona Senate Bill 1062 including the NFL and the Arizona Cardinals. Major League Baseball has now joined that list.

The bill, which would allow businesses the right to refuse service to anyone based on religious beliefs, was viewed a discriminatory by many in particular because it would allow businesses to refuse service to customers based on sexual orientation.

In response to the bill, MLB issued the following statement:

 

“As the sport of Jackie Robinson, Major League Baseball and its 30 Clubs stand united behind the principles of respect, inclusion and acceptance. Those values are fundamental to our game’s diverse players, employees and fans. We welcome individuals of different sexual orientations, races, religions, genders and national origins.

 

“MLB has a zero-tolerance policy for harassment or discrimination based on sexual orientation, as reflected by our collective bargaining agreement with the MLB Players Association. Accordingly, MLB will neither support nor tolerate any words, attitudes or actions that imperil the inclusive communities that we have strived to foster within our game.”

Within two hours of the statement, Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the proposed legislation. In addition to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the state is also home to Spring Training for many MLB teams.

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  • Dustin

    Yes because MLB needs all two of its LBGT fans. Let’s not take away the sparkle in the eyes of little boys everywhere and make it a political mouthpiece. After all MLB still has a hearty hatred towards the men who saved it after the strike.

  • Richard Daniels

    While I a personally glad that the bill was vetoed, I don’t think that MLB should be sticking their nose into politics.

  • grumpyank

    “The sport of Jackie Robinson” kept black players out of their league for decades.

  • crudbud

    NFL and MLB have placed their ignorance on full display. Did they condemn the gay led pogroms against catholics and mormons in Calif after Prop 8 passed? People lost their businesses, their employment and there were even suicides.

    Did they read the law? Did they read the article written by 20 law professors (lib and conservative) about it? Did they know that law was in existence for years, and that 16 other states and the US government have similar laws. Do they really know what the law provided for?

    Welcome to “springtime in berlin” circa 1933 as anyone who wants to practice their religion is vilified, attacked (physically and otherwise) and institutions who we count on don’t even bother to do their due diligence.

    Shame on MLB.

  • Rick M

    I can think of “42″ reasons to support a veto.