Business to play key role as Georgia weighs bill on religion and gay rights

| March 23, 2016


ATLANTA — The Georgia General Assembly’s approval of a proposal to strengthen legal protections for opponents of same-sex marriage has set in motion a high-stakes showdown that has drawn some of the nation’s most influential companies into a battle between gay rights activists and religious conservatives.

The bill, which lawmakers approved last week, now faces the scrutiny of Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican. But it is clear that companies and sports organizations, including Apple, Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines, and the National Football League, will have a significant effect on public debate and the governor’s decision to sign or veto the measure.

Supporters of the bill, which Georgia lawmakers named the Free Exercise Protection Act, say it is a bulwark against pressure for people of many religious faiths to endorse, or at least accept, same-sex marriage.

But to the proposal’s opponents, the bill is a toxic mix of intolerant ideas that was fueled by resistance to the Supreme Court’s decision.

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  1. Victor Edwards says:

    One immediately question why opposition to this legislation and will of the people is primarily a corporate issue. Is it because corporations have been leaders in morality in our day and age? Hardly. They have persecuted, they have ruined environments, they have cheated on their taxes, they have taken a pass on just about any real contribution they might have made to our society.

    Ah, but this is about homosexuality and it’s promotion and expansion. I am beginning to see how the corpocracy thinks. It becomes clearer each day. It is not about morality or right or wrong; it is about money.

    Surprised? Not I.

  2. Steve says:

    What is hilarious is that GA is not the first state to enact a law like this. Florida and Louisiana are two states that already have similar law in existence (according to WSJ). Disney needs to consider how consistent they are before involving themselves in matters that do not concern them.