Delta Airlines: Anti-Gay Bills Like Arizona’s ‘Will Result in Job Losses’

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Delta Airlines said Wednesday that it opposed anti-gay discrimination bills, as has passed the legislature in Arizona, and warned that if put into law, they would “result in job losses.”

Delta is headquartered in Atlanta. Georgia lawmakers have introduced a bill similar to Arizona’s.

Saying it was “deeply concerned” about the proposed laws, Delta urged their defeat. “Delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals,” the airline said in a statement.

As TPM has reported, the business community — both in and out of state — has been putting pressure on Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer (R) to veto her state’s bill.

The full Delta statement is below.

“As a global values-based company, Delta Air Lines is proud of the diversity of its customers and employees, and is deeply concerned about proposed measures in several states, including Georgia and Arizona, that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. If passed into law, these proposals would cause significant harm to many people and will result in job losses. They would also violate Delta’s core values of mutual respect and dignity shared by our 80,000 employees worldwide and the 165 million customers we serve every year. Delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals.”

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