Last Friday the Georgia Senate approved a bill that allows taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to deny placing children with LGBT couples if they cite religious beliefs as the reason. The Senate voted 35-19 to approve the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act.” The bill now heads to the state House, where its fate is uncertain. Though we know for sure Georgia cannot afford an anti-LBGT bill. As CNBC noted, the anti-LGBT bill, which cleared the state Senate last Friday, could also harm Atlanta’s chances to attract Amazon’s coveted secondary headquarters—or HQ2 for short.
Currently there are actors and producers stepping up to boycott the bill.
Daniel Newman, who stars in the Georgia-shot AMC series “The Walking Dead,” spoke at a rally against the bill in Atlanta on Thursday. He said the bill is a “total embarrassment” to the state.
“Beyond being a civil rights issue, it is an economic issue for our state,” the openly gay actor said. “We are trying to have big companies like Amazon, Delta, UPS — huge companies and billions of dollars -– coming into our city. They will not be in our city and operate in our city when there is legislation that is prejudiced, that is homophobic, that is racist. It’s not acceptable.”
Reported via The Daily Beast