pedantstools (peddlestools) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Disney, Marvel Threaten to Boycott Georgia Over "Religious Freedom" Bill

Georgia's generous tax incentives for filmmakers have attracted lots of movie studios and television productions, but Marvel and Disney are taking a stand against a bill that would protects religious officials from having to perform same-sex weddings and allows faith-based organizations to deny services or employment to anyone who violates their "sincerely held religious belief." So a faith-based shelter could tell gays and lesbians to beat it, or they could fire or refuse to hire people based on their gender identity or sexual orientation.

Disney's currently shooting Guardians of the Galaxy 2 at a studio outside of Atlanta, and Captain America: Civil War was shot there last summer. A spokesman for Disney said, "Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law."

The MPAA has also spoken out against the bill, calling it "discriminatory."

The bill has already passed, but there is a chance the governor will veto it. Perhaps he will if more studios threaten to boycott Georgia.

Tags: disney, lgbtq / rights, marvel, politics

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