Disney v.Georgia

A few weeks back a major headline caught my eye, Disney productions threatening to leave a state if a certain law they passed. This was extremely interesting to me because I had never seen a major corporation threatening to close down their studios because of a law it makes you think how cruel of a law was it? Georgia was trying pass a anti gay law called The Free Exercise Protection Act AKA House Bill 757 it was passed through the state Assembly. The law aims in part “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 allows faith-based organizations to not hire or provide services to those who “violate such faith-based organization’s sincerely held religious belief. Basically if you were gay a church could refuse to marry you basically ignoring the nationwide same sex marriage law put in place June 26 2015. While being the first studio to threaten to leave Disney wasn’t the only major studios filming in Georgia. AMC studios films the hit show the walking dead there and advised Georgia’s governor to strongly reconsider the law.  The following week all the studios speaking out caused the Georgia governor Nathan Deal vetoed the religious liberty bill stating the bill doesn’t reflect Georgia’s welcoming image as a state full of “warm, friendly and loving people”. This decision by power studios too boycott surprised me and made me feel good that there are still people who will stand against laws that violate human rights.

 

Willie Brown

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