One of Arizona’s most prominent professional athletes says he’s glad the governor vetoed a law that would have allowed anti-gay discrimination if it was motivated by religious beliefs. And he’s disappointed that the legislature ever put the law on the governor’s desk.
Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald told USA Today that he was thankful for the veto, which ensured that the NFL would not pull next year’s Super Bowl out of Arizona, as was considered when Senate Bill 1026 passed.
“I didn’t think there was any chance it was going to go through,” Fitzgerald said. “I had a strong feeling it would’ve been vetoed. It’s good that it was, obviously. With the Super Bowl coming or any [event] like that, I think it just doesn’t have any place in our society. I’m happy that it’s behind us now.”
Fitzgerald is now hoping the Cardinals can become the first team ever to play a Super Bowl on their own home field.
“It’s fun. It’s going to be great for our community,” Fitzgerald said. “It’ll generate some revenue for our state, and obviously, it gives us a chance to play at home, too.”
That’s a chance Arizona might not have had if the bill had become law.