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And then they came for me: Arizona, LGBT equality and immigrant issues

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Although the LGBT community and our allies recently celebrated the veto of SB 1062 in Arizona, the fact that such a bill even made it to the governor's desk was distressing. Unfortunately, as we know, the LGBT community was not the first group to be singled out for discrimination in Arizona. Latino and immigrant communities have long felt targeted by laws like SB 1070, which, among other things, required law enforcement to inquire about a person's legal status—if they "suspected" them of being undocumented. Since blue-eyed blonde Canadians who've overstayed their visas are very unlikely to be "suspected" of being undocumented, SB 1070 was considered likely to invite racial profiling. Unfortunately that didn't stop Gov. Jan Brewer from signing the bill, which was later partially overturned.

In their incisive column, "Arizona, Immigration, and LGBT Rights: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly," Laura E. Durso, Angela Maria Kelley, and Philip E. Wolgin of Center for American Progress look at trends in both religious discrimination and anti-immigrant and pro-immigrant legislation.

LGBT Latinos in Arizona, many of whom said they felt doubly discriminated against, worked hard to stop SB 1062. Watch this video of a rally organized by the Queer Undocumented Immigrants Project (QUIP).

 

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