Under pressure of losing billions of dollars in state revenue from the film & television industry & over 500 companies that joined Georgia Prospers a coalition devoted to opposing discrimination Governor Nathan Deal has just announced he will veto HB 757 the anti-gay "religious freedom" bill. Governor Deal stated, "I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to support the faith based community. I believe it is about the character of state & the character of our people." Many major studios & media conglomerates including Disney, Time Warner, AMC & Viacom urged Governor Deal to veto the bill including 34 entertainment industry giants that made clear they will pull their business out of the state should it become law. The NFL also warned it might refuse to hold a Super Bowl in Georgia should the governor sign the bill into law. This homophobic attempt of using religion to discriminate against our LGBT community is continual backlash emerging from marriage equality becoming the law of the land nationwide. Hopefully North Carolina will wake-up & do the right thing & end their anti gay law which was passed last week. We must not become complacent in this very crucial election year with so much at stake for our LGBT community especially with the GOP candidates commitment to remove every civil right we have worked so hard to obtain.
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