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28 Mar 2016

Daniel Miller and Libby Hill, LA Times (USA)

Hollywood production companies increase pressure on state to block discriminatory LGBT bill

"Hollywood reacts to Georgia governor's veto of anti-gay bill"

Walt Disney Co. and other organizations praised Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal's decision Monday to veto controversial legislation that looked to expand individuals' and business' rights to deny services to those whose way of life conflicts with their religious beliefs...Georgia, far from the only front where the battle between “religious freedom” and gay rights is being waged, is the latest state to reach a resolution on the matter...The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT civil rights advocacy group, said Monday that Deal “set an example for other elected officials to follow” by vetoing the measure...The stakes were high for Georgia...Since lawmakers March 16 approved the bill perceived as anti-gay, many influential companies had come out against the legislation...Last week, Disney, the world's largest entertainment firm, said it would stop making films in the state if Deal, a two-term Republican governor, signed the Free Exercise Protection Act into law.