Could the NFL Be the LGBTs Biggest Ally in Stopping Georgia’s Anti-Gay Law?

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Today, Apple, the National Football League (NFL), and the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, and Hawks joined a growing list of major corporations, business leaders, and sports teams speaking out against H.B. 757 – a legislative assault by Georgia lawmakers on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people sent to the desk of Governor Nathan Deal.

The NFL’s statement raised concerns about Georgia potentially losing the opportunity to host a super bowl if the legislation is signed into law, and the Atlanta Braves, Falcons, and Hawks all responded with statements condemning the legislation.

If signed into law, the legislation would have severe consequences not just for LGBT Georgians, but the entire state.

Understanding the tremendous consequences it would have, numerous executives from the business community have now spoken out against the bill, including from: Apple, Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, Atlanta Hawks, Dell, Dow Chemical Company, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Hilton, Intel, Intercontinental Hotels, Live Nation Entertainment, Marriott, MailChimp, Metro Atlanta Chamber, Microsoft, NFL, Paypal, Salesforce, Square, Turner, Twitter, Unilever, Virgin, Yelp, and others.

Provisions included in the bill could undermine local non-discrimination ordinances that protect LGBT people, permit hospitals to refuse to provide medically necessary care, or allow a taxpayer-funded service provider to discriminate by denying a job because of the applicant’s religion, sexual orientation, or gender identity. [HRC]


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