Deal re­acts as anti-gay ‘religious lib­erty’ bill back­lash grows

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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.”

(Photo by Pa­trick Saun­ders)

Pro­posed anti-gay ‘religious free­dom’ leg­is­la­tion has an­gered pro­gres­sives and threat­ened a na­tional boy­cott of Ge­or­gia busi­nesses.

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