More than 30 of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters sent a threatening letter to Gov. Nathan Deal, telling him in no uncertain terms that if he passes the religious-freedom bill the legislature handed him for consideration, they’ll never work in Georgia again.
The LBGT advocacy group Human Rights Campaign shared the open letter penned by the filmmakers, writers and actors.
It read in part, Breitbart reported: “We pride ourselves on running inclusive companies, and while we have enjoyed a positive partnership on productions in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law.”
The letter also said the bill before Deal would “sanction discrimination against LGBT people and others in Georgia.”
Among those signing: Rob Reiner, who used to play “Meathead” in the television sitcom “All in the Family” but who is now a director and writer; actress Anne Hathaway; and screenwriter, producer and playwright Aaron Sorkin, who counts the stage production of “A Few Good Men” among his credits.
Other who signed include actresses Marisa Tomei, Kristen Chenoweth and Julianne Moore.
“We urge you to veto H.B. 757 and send a strong message that Georgia will not tolerate discrimination against citizens, employees and visitors to the state,” they say, in the letter, Breitbart reported.
Deal has until May 3 to either sign or veto the bill, the Free Exercise Protection Act. If signed, Georgians who work at faith-based organizations will have the legal right to deny service to those who violate their “sincerely held religious beliefs.”