The National Football League (NFL) on
Friday came out against a bill approved by Georgia lawmakers that
seeks to protect opponents of marriage equality.
Lawmakers approved House Bill 757 on
Wednesday after replacing direct references to same-sex marriages
with allowing religious groups to deny services “that violate such
faith-based organization's sincerely held religious beliefs.”
lawmakers okay anti-gay bill.)
Brian McCarthy said in a statement
given to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that such policies
may be used in determining future Super Bowl host sites.
“NFL policies emphasize tolerance and
inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender race,
religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” he
said. “Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local
community are consistent with these policies would be one of many
factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host
San Francisco-based tech company
Salesforce has already threatened to pull a digital marketing
conference out of the state if Governor Nathan Deal does not veto the
threatens to move conference out of Georgia over anti-gay bill.)
“The economy of Georgia is now in the
hands of @GovernorDeal as he considers an anti-gay law,” Salesforce
CEO Marc Benioff tweeted on Friday.
Jack Dorsey, who helms Twitter and
Square, added: “Twitter & Square oppose discrimination in all
forms. @GovernorDeal: do the right thing and VETO House Bill 757.
Proud to be an #LGBTQAlly!”