Majority of LGBTs Oppose Arizona’s Draconian Immigration Law

Thursday, June 10, 2010


This is interesting.

A new survey shows that 63% of LGBT Americans, a clear majority of those polled, oppose Arizona’s strict new immigration law set to take effect next month. By contrast, the poll found that about 60% of straight adults support the law.

According to Harris Interactive, which polled 2,698 U.S. adults online between May 10 and May 10, the results hold economic implications for Arizona, especially in the area of tourism.

“These polarized opinions also appear to influence consideration for Arizona as a future travel destination. Among the LGBT respondents who have seen, heard or read about the new law, 43% say they would be less likely to travel to the state for leisure, and 36% said they would be less likely to travel there for convention gatherings. 32% of LGBT adults also added that they would be less likely to travel to Arizona for other business purposes.”

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12 Responses to Majority of LGBTs Oppose Arizona’s Draconian Immigration Law

  1. lea-lea says:

    I love the gays!

  2. Joe in Colorado says:

    Is Arizona a major gay tourist destination? I thought Las Vegas and Palm Springs attracted more LGBT tourists than Phoenix or Tucson? Well, good. I think Arizona is going to pay a huge price for passing this terrible law. We should revisit this in a year.

  3. Benito says:

    I hope that every American, regardless of where he lives, will stop and examine his conscience about this and other related incidents. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened. All of us ought to have the right to be treated as he would wish to be treated, as one would wish his children to be treated, but this is not the case.

    I know the proponents of this law say that the majority approves of this law, but the majority is not always right. Would women or non-whites have the vote if we listen to the majority of the day, would the non-whites have equal rights (and equal access to churches, housing, restaurants, hotels, retail stores, schools, colleges and yes water fountains) if we listen to the majority of the day? We all know the answer, a resounding, NO!

    Today we are committed to a worldwide struggle to promote and protect the rights of all who wish to be free. In a time of domestic crisis men of good will and generosity should be able to unite regardless of party or politics and do what is right, not what is just popular with the majority. Some men comprehend discrimination by never have experiencing it in their lives, but the majority will only understand after it happens to them.

  4. Eric Equality Kuntz says:

    I still don’t understand and I haven’t heard a logical explanation from supporters of AZ’s SB 1070 how harassing busboys and day laborers in Phoenix and Tucson does anything to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico?

    I know crime in Phoenix has skyrocketed thanks to Mexican drug cartel activity and along the Arizona border with Mexico — this is a fact.

    But immigration is a Federal matter. Not a state matter and local law enforcement has enough to deal with. Now they must be Border Control agents too?

  5. Tiny Dancer says:

    Joe in Colorado – The main thing AZ has going for it is hot, dry weather which makes outdoor activities fun year round.

    I like Arizona because I like the heat but, I don’t see it as a major destination. I prefer Vegas because of the shows and food. Plus, the flights are cheap.

  6. retahyajyajav says:

    Gays know discrimination and I think this gives them an inherent sensitivity to other groups who are on the short end of the stick.

    Just my opinion.

  7. Chad Lebanon says:

    I have friends in Tucson and they’re diametrically opposed to this immigration law.

    They’re attitude is like, “oh great, now everyone will think we’re bigots because we bought a house here and made Tucson home.” They’re the least bigoted people I know and we can’t tar and feather the entire state because the legislature and 70% of the voters support it.

  8. Woodcliffe says:

    I saw where Gov. Jan Brewer met with President Obama on immigration.

    Did anything come from the meeting other than a nice photo-op to show the media? Immigration is a lot more complicated than pretty pictures.

  9. Lexo says:

    http://Immigration.Civiltalks.Com will allow you to keep the track of events. The website is highlighting the current attitude towards Arizona’s immigration law. Moreover, if you have already taken a stance over this controversial issue, you can make your own contribution by sharing new facts and arguments about illegal immigration and SB 1070. Make your opinion heard – don’t stand aside and let other people decide over this important issue.

  10. bradfrmphnx says:

    Thank-you, Chad.

    Count me amongst the 40%. I’ve asked the question, “How do you think SB1070 will make our border more secure?”, to many, many rightwingnuts here in AZ. The answer is about as you might expect some toothless, backwoods, uneducated moron would give to you. “Because Obama is trying to destroy the country by letting in all these illegals.” Or the always quoted…”What part about ILLEGAL don’t you understand?”

    I understand plenty. I understand that if these same morons weren’t hiring them they wouldn’t be here.

    As a resident of a border state, I do support building a stronger border. But not by discrimination.

  11. Montana says:

    As for the Tea Bag Party, their phony patriotism is sickening; they are just racists going by another name. We all know you are just itching to put a sheet on their head? Let’s face it the Republicans had eight years to deal with health care, immigration, energy (remember Cheney’s secret meetings with oil companies where loosening regulation and oversight were sealed), climate change and financial oversight and governance and they failed. It appears that the Republican Party is only good at starting wars (two in eight years, with fat contracts to friends of Cheney/Bush) but not at winning wars as seen by the continuing line of body bags that keep coming home. The Republicans party will continue turned inward to their old fashion obstructionist party (and their Confederacy appreciation roots) because they continue to allow a small portions (but very loud portion) of their party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” to rule their party. I will admit that this fringe is very good at playing “Follow the Leader” by listening to their dullard leaders, Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush, Savage, Sarah Bailin, Orly Taitz, Victoria Jackson, Michele Bachmann and the rest of the Blowhards and acting as ill programmed robots (they have already acted against doctors that perform abortions).

    The Birthers and the Tea Bag party crowd think they can scare, intimidate and force others to go along with them by comments like “This time we came unarmed”, let me tell you something not all ex-military join the fringe militia crazies who don’t pay taxes and run around with face paint in the parks playing commando, the majority are mature and understand that the world is more complicated and grey than the black and white that these simpleton make it out to be and that my friend is the point. The world is complicated and people like Hamilton, Lincoln, and Roosevelt believed that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now it’s about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. The sainted Reagan passed the biggest tax increase in American history and as a result federal employment increased, but facts are lost when mired in mysticism and superstition. For a party that gave us Abraham Lincoln, it is tragic that the ranks are filled with too many empty suits and the crazy Birthers who have not learned that the way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked internet lies, then, and only then, do you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called “Internet facts”. Let’s face it no one will take the Birthers seriously until they win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. I heard that Orly Taitz now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, that is like saying that the Catholic Church cares about the welling being of children in their care, too late for that. Yee Haw!

  12. Benito says:

    “All Men are created equal”! The founders had it right, when attempting to form a perfect union and they also knew that they were not there yet but knew we one day would get there. Lincoln moved us forward as did JFK and LBJ. This Nation was founded by men of many nations and backgrounds. It was founded on the principle that all men are created equal, and that the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.

    It is my contention that this AZ law is not constitutional and will fail when challenged (unless, of course, they keep adding more amendments), pretty funny for this so called perfect law, that many internet bloggers claim it was copied “Word for Word” from the Federal law, which I frankly do not believe, if it was then no amendments would have been made, right?, of course, keep those lies coming.

    As for the undocumented workers, as was attributed to Ronald Reagan “It’s the Economy, Stupid”. When the economy is good we say let’s all celebrate “Cinco de Mayo, my brothers” but when the economy is down “it’s all your fault, you damn immigrant”. This too will pass, the real problem is the narcos, arms and people smugglers and that’s what the focus should be on.

    Don’t you find it funny that no one ever voted for Brewer for Governor, she is trying to get elected on the back of undocumented workers, it’s all about politics, do not be fooled. In the last few months Busy Brewer has passed S.B. 1070, no permit conceal weapons law, the famous Birthers law, banning Ethnic studies law, (could she be behind the Mural in Prescott, Arizona) and if history is a lesson and if she can read, she should look up Arizona’s House Bill 2779 from two years ago (which failed when legally challenged) and the craziest one the boycott of Martin Luther King Day, not wanting another holiday, how crazy is that. I believe there is an undercurrent to their enactment of new laws, they real love following a distinct pattern. Poor Brewer, in an attempt to gain sympathy, in an interview she first said her father had died in Germany fighting the Nazi in World War II (which ended 1945) and we find out her father was never in Germany and died in California in 1955 (watch her play the victim card, again) and then she went to Washington and came back empty as always, poor dear.

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