Following in Disney and Marvel's progressive footsteps, the majority of Hollywood's powerhouse studios and corporations are speaking out against Georgia's antigay law that would allow faith-based groups and organizations to discriminate against LGBT individuals.
The legislation, commonly known as the religious liberty bill, passed in Georgia's House and Senate. To stop the discriminatory law from taking effect, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal must use his veto power.
According to Deadline, Time Warner, Lionsgate, Starz, CBS Corporation, Sony, 21st Century Fox, Comcast NBCUniversal, and MGM, among others, all stand against the law and are threatening to move present and future television and film productions from the state if Governor Deal doesn't make the correct choice.
In addition to the official studio statements, the Human Rights Campaign sent a letter signed by a long list of celebrities and industry players, including Matt Bomer, Marisa Tomei, Greg Berlanti, Anne Hathaway, Dustin Lance Black, and Ryan Murphy, urging the Governor to stop the discrimination.
Here are some of the official statements, but the overall message is extremely clear: all of these companies value diversity, acceptance, and inclusion and won't tolerate blatant discrimination.
CBS Corporation: "[We are] committed to an environment that values diversity and inclusion throughout the company and in all our business practices. The discriminatory language in Georgia’s proposed religious liberty bill conflicts with these core ethics and values."
MGM: "We stand beside our many studio partners in publicly encouraging Governor Deal to veto the discriminatory House Bill 757. Our sincere hope is the state repudiates this hateful and bigoted legislation.”
Lionsgate: “As a Company committed to diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance, we urge the Governor of Georgia to veto the deplorable and regressive legislation (House Bill 757) that has been sent to him. We take pride in our relationship with the people of Georgia and want to ensure that we can continue to offer our employees and talent there a working environment consistent with our policies and values."
Deal has until May 3 to decide whether or not to veto the legislation. Let's collectively hope all the backlash is enough to push him in the right direction.