January 1987: Newly elected Arizona Governor Even Mecham performs his first official act in office: rescinding the designation of Martin Luther King Day as a holiday. The ongoing controversy over MLK Day in the state eventually cost Arizona the 1993 Super Bowl.
April 23, 2010: Governor Jan Brewer signs the sweeping "Papers Please" SB 1070 legislation into law, instigating a flurry of backlash.
Feb. 20, 2014: Arizona legislators pass SB 1062, effectively codifying discrimination against gay people.
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Dear gay people: to hell with Arizona. Come on up here to CLE for the 2014 Gay Games. We can't wait to see you. Latino people are welcome too. So are all people of color. In fact, everyone is welcome.
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PS: Mecham was eventually impeached and has since croaked. SB 1070 was struck down in part by the Supreme Court. Whether or not the Brewster will veto her state's latest legislative embarrassment remains to be seen. Whatever the outcome down south, Northeast Ohio is expecting some $50 million in economic impact from this year's Gay Games and discrimination is really stupid.
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