The Walt Disney company and Marvel Studios has indicated that if Georgia passes the religious liberty bill which is currently pending they will be taking their business elsewhere.
House Bill 757 is “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.”
The Georgia production hub is where Marvel is currently filming “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” and where “Captain America: Civil War” was shot last year as there are generous tax incentives to film in Georgia. However a spokesman from 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”
Disney is the first but will not be the last major company to leave Georgia if this bill is passed. The MPAA, representing major studios, has already stated they are against the pending bill but they also have confidence that the governor of Georgia would not sign a bill which is so discriminatory.
Georgia legislators passed the bill last week now it is just waiting governor approval. Governor Deal has not indicated whether he will or will not veto the bill as of yet.
How do you feel about this? Do you think Disney and Marvel are doing the right thing?