Last week, Georgia legislature passed a religious-liberty bill that, if signed by the governor, will become law. The bill would allow religious organizations to lawfully discriminate against LGBT people—including the right to deny employment—based on religious beliefs.
HRC president Chad Griffin called on Hollywood to stand up agains the bill and refuse to film in the state should it pass. “Join us as we urge TV and film studios, directors and producers, to commit to locating no further productions in the state of Georgia if this bill becomes law,” Griffin said at HRC's Los Angeles Gala Dinner. Considering movies bring in tremendous amounts of money to states, this would be a big hit to Georgia's economy.
Meanwhile, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has yet to make a decision. “I have heard from both sides, and I’m sure I’ll continue to hear from both sides,” he said. “I will take their opinions into consideration, and I’ll do what I’m required to do, which is to make the difficult decision on a very difficult subject.”
Companies such as Apple, Bank of America, Chase, Google, Home Depot, among others have already weighed into the conversation and showed public support to veto the bill. We only hope Hollywood follows suit.