TV showrunner Ben Wexler took to Twitter to bash the Georgia state senate after they passed a bill that would allow adoption agencies to refuse to place children in same-sex couple households based on religious beliefs. According to Deadline, he bashed the anti-LGBTQ bill, but also called for other showrunners to boycott Georgia’s film industry.
“To my fellow showrunners: if this dumb bill becomes law, let’s be done filming television shows in Georgia,” tweeted Wexler.
The new Senate bill which is called the “Keep Faith in Adoption and Foster Care Act,” was introduced by state Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick), according to LGBTQ Nation. The bill, which passed 35-19, would also prohibit the Georgia Department of Human Services from taking “adverse action” against such agencies. The next stop for the bill is the House. Even so, Ligon asserts the bill does not prevent anyone from adopting.
Wexler, who previously worked on shows such as The Grinder and The Comedians, also received support from Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, actor and comedian Billy Eichner and Army Wives creator Katherine Fugate.
Despite, Ben Wexler’s comments, Georgia’s film industry 30% film tax credit has helped propel the state’s film industry. In fact, Marvel’s Black Panther generated $89.3 million for Georgia’s economy.