Disney Might Boycott Georgia If This Bill Passes
Production studios and sports franchises in Georgia have come out against House Bill 757, which Gov. Nathan Deal must sign or veto by May 3.By Lexie Hammesfahr | March 23, 2016
When Georgia introduced a massive tax incentive for film production a few years ago, it welcomed a migration of Hollywood studios heading to the Peach State.
And between the production of major shows — like "The Walking Dead" and hit film franchises like "Guardians of the Galaxy," "The Hunger Games" and "Captain America: Civil War" — the productions had an estimated $6 billion economic impact on Georgia in the 2015 fiscal year.
But Georgia could lose a huge chunk of production if Gov. Nathan Deal signs House Bill 757 into law. Critics argue the bill discriminates against the LGBT community. It states, "religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion."