Deal reacts as anti-gay ‘religious liberty’ bill backlash grows
It didn’t take long after the Georgia Senate passed a hybrid anti-gay so-called “religious freedom” bill on Feb. 18 for the first Georgia company to announce they were pulling out of the state—less than 10 minutes to be exact.
373K, a gay-owned Decatur-based telecom company, tweeted “We are very saddened by the Georgia Senate which passed #HB757 also known as #FADA. It’s time to relocate.”
Brian Tolleson, the openly gay CEO of Atlanta-based digital entertainment company BARK BARK who had a hand in the creation of the LGBT Institute at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, shed light on what the bill’s passage could mean for the state’s film and TV industry.
Tolleson to the AJC: “It would really do irreparable harm to our brand as a state,” he said. “This very assembly working on this bill has invested billions of taxpayer dollars growing an industry that would leave this state. They will boycott coming to shoot anything here. The powers that be in the industry really want to defeat Georgia’s rise as entertainment destination. And we’re handing it to them on a silver platter.”
Proposed anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ legislation has angered progressives and threatened a national boycott of Georgia businesses.