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Hispanic Lawyer Group Pulls Convention From Arizona

The Hispanic National Bar Association announced Wednesday that it was pulling its 2015 convention from Phoenix in response to the controversial anti-gay measure the Arizona legislature recently passed.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, a Republican, is under pressure to veto the legislation.

"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," the group’s president, Miguel Alexander Pozo, said in a press release.

"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," Pozo added.