Edwin W. Leslie
1848 Palmcroft Drive NE
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
(281) 468-4230 Email Eleslie@bridlie.com
July 10, 2012
The Honorable Janice K. Brewer
1700 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85007
RE: Resignation from Tourism Advisory Council
It is with sincere regret that I today announce my immediate resignation as your
appointee to the State of Arizona Tourism Advisory Council.
On July 3, 2012 you released your official statement on our States celebration of
Independence Day, your quote ““For more than two centuries, citizens of this great country
have been blessed with liberties and inalienable rights that make us truly and uniquely American.
Over the coming days, let us take the opportunity to reflect on these freedoms – paying special
tribute to our founders, whose courage and wisdom transformed sovereignty from vision to
However, your actions taken on July 8, 2012 in determining to seek the Supreme Courts
intervention in the State of Arizona’s duty to provide same sex domestic partners with insurance
and other benefits are in direct conflict with your reiteration that all Americans are entitled to the
same “inalienable rights”.
As a member of the Arizona Tourism Advisory Board it is my responsibility to remind you that
your actions are contrary to those needed to ensure the success of the Tourism industry in
Arizona. The State of Arizona derives considerable revenues from Tourism and considerable
revenues from LGBT community members that visit our great State. Your actions discriminate
against one part of the State’s residents to appease a small fraction of the population. Arizona
residents by and large are supportive of LGBT equality. A recent PPP poll found that 77 percent
of Arizona voters support either full marriage equality or civil unions. 83 percent of independents
in the state support marriage or civil unions, along with 63 percent of Republicans. The tourism
industry is critical to the State’s economy. I urge you to put aside the politics and act responsibly
in favor of the this critical part of our economy.
Business, politics and the economy aside, my decision to resign the Tourism Council is rooted in
the fiber of my conscience. The LGBT community, of which I am a proud part, deserves all of the
same rights, privileges and liberties as every American, be it in domestic partner benefits,
adoption, marriage or any other rights that are so freely enjoyed by every other person in the US.
It is my hope that one day The State of Arizona leads the nation in extending benefits to LGBT
families, allowing same sex marriage and adoption, and show that everyone is welcome in
In your statement of July 3, 2012 you stated “I encourage you, amid your Independence Day
festivities, to take an opportunity to re-read the Declaration and to recognize why we celebrate
this day every year. I am hopeful that you never take for granted this document nor its promise
and purpose.” However, you seem to ignore Jefferson’s most important words:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,
Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Please accept this as my official resignation as your appointee to the Arizona Tourism Advisory
Council representing Maricopa County effective immediately.
Digitally signed by Edwin W. Leslie
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Date: 2012.07.10 10:15:20 -07'00'
Edwin W. Leslie
Cc: Sherry Henry
Arizona Office of Tourism
1110 W. Washington Street, Suite 155
Phoenix, AZ 85007