Last Thursday the Arizona state legislature passed a bill that would allow business to refuse service to gay individuals based on religious beliefs.
Yesterday the Phoenix Suns and Mercury added themselves to the long list of groups whom oppose the bill.
From the WNBA side's official Twitter account:
"The Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury issue the following statement regarding Arizona Senate Bill 1062: 'Sports has the unique power to unite, to bring together a community without regard to individual differences.
The Phoenix Suns & Phoenix Mercury are proud members of this community, and we embrace fans, families and businesses of every stripe. We are steadfastly committed to the principles of inclusivity and acceptance, and cannot support anything that is not in line with that philosophy.'"
In a week where Jason Collins became the first ever openly gay active player in the NBA, the topics of sport, politics and homosexuality have never been under more coverage.
With Michael Sam set to join the NFL as well, these truly are historic times for sports in America and the Suns and Mercury just goto show how much more accepting and tolerant the industry has become, in comparison to their law-making counterparts at least.
The sides are no strangers to political statements.
During the 2010 playoffs, the Suns wore their Noche Latina "Los Suns" jerseys to show support for Arizona's Latino community at a time when state reps were working on a law that promoted unfair racial profiling.
The gay rights issue holds particular significance with the Mercury whom boast openly gay WNBA superstar Brittney Griner among its players, and does not shy away from embracing the LGBT community.
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