AMC Weighs in on Georgia’s Ant-Gay Bill

Both Disney and Marvel Studios have threatened to boycott Georgia if a controversial anti-gay bill is not vetoed by Gov. Nathan Deal. On March 17, the Georgia legislature passed the “Free Exercise Protection Act.” The bill allows faith-based organizations to deny service or employment to anyone who violates their “sincerely held religious belief.” The government would have to demonstrate a “compelling governmental interest” before it interferes with a person’s exercise of religion. The legislation is opposed by local corporations and business groups. Now, AMC is also weighing in. The AMC series The Walking Dead is filmed primarily in Georgia. The AMC Networks, which owns AMC, IFC and , said in a statement:

“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.”

Deal himself said he would reject any proposal that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith.” Although the governor himself believes in “traditional marriage” between a man and a woman, he stated:

“But that does not mean that those who hold to that view should feel like they are threatened by those who have a different point of view

The governor has until May 3 to act on the legislation. Stay tuned, kids…

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