Georgia May Lose Super Bowl Over Anti-Gay Law

Georgia Could Kick The Super Bowl Goodbye If It Passes Anti-Gay Bill

The NFL Is The Latest Voice Of Reason And Sanity Over Georgia’s Anti-Gay Bill

Georgia’s House of Representatives and Senate has passed House Bill 757, the state’s new “Religious Liberty” bill, which allows not only churches to discriminate against gays, but pretty much says it’s okay for anyone who chooses to be a homophobic bigot to be able to refuse service to people because their god says gays are icky.

According to Patheos, the Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, still has to sign off on the bill to make it a law, but in an effort that could help bring a little common sense and human decency back to Georgia before it’s too late, the NFL suggested that it could remove the Super Bowl from the state if the law is passed.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reached out to the NFL to see what they thought of the potential of such a discriminatory law being passed and boy did they respond. A statement released by NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy should send a clear message to the governor before he considers putting his John Hancock on that bill.

“NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard. Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.”

This would be a real pain in the buttocks for Arthur Blank who owns the Atlanta Falcons. See, they have the brand new Mercedes-Benz stadium opening up next year in down town Atlanta, and Mr. Blank was really hoping to get a Super Bowl or several happening there in the future.

According to Pink News, Blank spoke out against the anti-gay law on Friday, seeing perfectly clear the damage that will be done to the state if it is passed.

“I strongly believe a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Georgia is critical to our citizens and the millions of visitors coming to enjoy all that our great state has to offer. House Bill 757 undermines these principles and would have long-lasting negative impact on our state and the people of Georgia.”

NBC 11 Alive reports that The Atlanta Braves also sent out a strong message against the law and the idea that people in the LGBT community could be seen as a second-class citizen in Georgia because of, you know, god.

“The Atlanta Braves organization believes that House Bill 757 is detrimental to our community and bad for Georgia.  Our organization believes in an environment that is inclusive of all people.  In addition to allowing discrimination against citizens of this state, the bill will have a profoundly negative impact on our organization. As a Georgia business and employer, we proudly support Georgia Prospers in its goal to ensure that the state’s workplaces and communities are diverse and welcoming for all people, no matter one’s race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  We are proud to represent Georgia and are opposed to any law that endorses discrimination against anyone.”

 

Now the ball is in Governor Deal’s court. The silver lining here is that Deal has already made statements against the bill and could very well Veto it, even using the trusty bible to speak out against discrimination. And with major sports teams and businesses in Georgia putting the pressure on, the Governor would have a good reason to kill the bill even beyond the fact that it disgustingly allows for discrimination against humans because of their sexual orientation.

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Chris Hearn is an ageing freelance writer located in wintery Winnipeg. He is a stay-at-home-parent, amateur stand-up comedian, and a guy with a lot of opinions, much to everyone’s dismay.

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