Disney and Marvel have enjoyed Georgia's lucrative tax incentives by filming in the Southern state, but the two studios might now be pulling away, as Georgia is looking at signing anti-gay legislation. A Disney spokesperson has 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."
This particular bill would allow faith-based groups and organizations to discriminate based on sexuality. Following the NFL, Disney is threatening to take its business elsewhere should Governor Nathan Deal sign the bill.
Disney is not the only studio that films in the Peach State; AMC's The Walking Dead and Halt And Catch Fire film in Georgia. As a result, AMC is now urging Governor Dean to reject this bill, but it doesn't go quite as far as Disney, which offered a clear ultimatum:
"As a company, AMC Networks believes that discrimination of any kind is reprehensible. We applaud Governor Deal’s leadership in resisting a previous version of this divisive legislation and urge him to reject the current version as well."
The House Bill 757 that passed through the state Assembly last week aims “to provide that religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion,” and also allows faith-based organizations to refuse hiring or services to those who “violate such faith-based organization’s sincerely held religious belief.”
Atlanta is also hoping for a Super Bowl after its new stadium for the Falcons opens in 2017. An NFL spokesperson warned that if local laws do not line up with league policies that “emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” it doesn't look all too likely for Atlanta.