Earlier today, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced he will veto HB 757 — that so-called "religious freedom" bill that was really an anti-LGBT bill — in part because discrimination is wrong and because hate could have cost Georgia a pretty penny. Dozens of multi-national corporations warned they would leave the state if that discriminatory bill becomes law, and over 500 companies have joined Georgia Prospers, a coalition devoted to opposing discrimination.
“Our people work side by side without regard to the color of our skin, or the religion we adhere to. We are working to make life better for our families and our communities. That is the character of Georgia. I intend to do my part to keep it that way. For that reason, I will veto HB 757.”
And even though Deal said he wouldn’t kowtow to threats by big business, he does know how Georgia fills her coffers: the state enjoys a $1.7 billion film and television industry, and many of those companies—Disney, Time Warner, AMC, Viacom—urged the governor to veto the bill. In addition, the NFL warned that it would not allow a Superbowl to be held in the state under such discrimination.
Money talks, y’all, but some Republicans in the state aren’t listening, and from the moment Governor Deal announced his veto, state lawmakers threatened to convene a special session for the sole purpose of overriding Deal’s veto.
State GOP Senator Mike Crane, who is also running for Congress, instantly launched a campaign to convince fellow lawmakers that an "emergency" exists and that they must return to the state capitol to override his upcoming veto.
Except, you know, The Gays.
Like I said, Hate costs.