Georgia Governor will veto “religious freedoms” bill after Hollywood threatens boycott
A bill which aimed to codify discrimination in Georgia will be vetoed by the state’s governor.
GA Gov. Nathan Deal announced today he will veto HB 757 which activists said would have allowed businesses to deny services to LGBTQ citizens and visitors to the state.
“I had no objection to the ‘Pastor Protection Act’ that was passed by the House of Representatives,” said Deal in a statement released today. “The other versions of the bill, however, contained language that could give rise to state-sanctioned discrimination.”
He wasn’t the only one to have problems with the bill, Georgia had become a hub for television and movie production and studio heads from Disney to AMC has promised to stop production there if the bills passed, according to Think Progress:
Disney said they “will plan to take their business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” though, and on Thursday, Netflix announced that, though the company just shot two films and a series (The Do-Over, True Memoirs of an International Assassin, and Stranger Things) in the state of Georgia “and had planned on filming two series there in the coming months, should any legislation allowing discriminatory practice be signed into state law, we will move our productions elsewhere.”
While specifics aren’t clear, It is understood the film industry will no longer pull production after the veto is confirmed.
HRC President Chad Griffin, who called on Hollywood to speak out against GA’s proposed bill, said the message from Gov Deal “loud and clear:”
“Discrimination and intolerance have no place in the 21st century, and any town, city, or state that enshrines it into law will not be judged kindly by history or by the American public,” said Griffin in a statement released after Deal’s announcement. “Thankfully, Governor Deal listened to the voices of Georgians, civil rights organizations, as well as the many leaders in the entertainment industry and in the private sector who strongly condemned this deplorable attack on the fundamental civil rights of LGBT people.”
“When legislative bodies attempt to [confer religious liberty], the inclusions and omissions in their statues can lead to discrimination, even though it may be unintentional,” said Deal in his statement. “That is too great a risk to take.”
Top image of Gov. Deal via Twitter
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