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Hispanic National Bar Association Pulls 2015 Convention from Arizona in Response to SB 1062

Tuesday, March 4, 2014  


The HNBA announced on February 26, 2014 that it has pulled its 40th Annual Convention previously scheduled for Phoenix, Arizona in September 2015.

The HNBA had denounced the Arizona legislature’s passage of SB 1062 and called for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the legislation. HNBA stated that SB 1062 discriminates against members of Arizona’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.  The proposed legislation also impacts other citizens that are either traveling through Arizona or that are doing business or have business interests in the state.

“The HNBA views this as a civil rights issue. As a national association of lawyers committed to promoting the ideals of equal protection, equal opportunity, tolerance, and inclusiveness, it is imperative that we speak up and take immediate action in the presence of injustice,” stated HNBA National President Miguel Alexander Pozo.  “In our view, SB 1062 violates the Equal Protection and the Commerce Clauses of the U.S. Constitution, and offends the anti-discrimination protections found in Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964,” said Mr. Pozo.


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