34 entertainment industry professionals will boycott Georgia if the “anti-gay” bill passes.
Recently, the Georgia legislature has sent a religious liberty bill to Gov. Nathan Deal, who has until May 3rd to design whether or not to sign it.
Georgia currently has the third-largest film industry in America. 800 movies and TV shows, 30,000-plus workers, and an economic impact of close to $5.1 billion in 2014. This will have a major impact on the Governor’s decision.
The bill, which is called the Free Exercise Protection Act, says no faith-based organization “Shall be required to provide social, educational or charitable services that violate such faith-based organizations sincerely held religious belief.” In addition, organizations cannot be forced to “hire or retain as an employee any person whose religious beliefs or practices or lack of either are not in accord with the faith-based organizations sincerely held religious belief.”
According to reports, 34 actors, directors, lawyers producers and filmmakers promise to leave Georgia if the anti-gay bill passes.
Here is the full list of signatories:
- Ali Adler, Writer and Producer
- Greg Berlanti, Writer and Producer
- Matt Bomer, Actor & Simon Halls, Publicist
- Dustin Lance Black, Screenwriter and Filmmaker
- Bradley Bredeweg, Executive Producer and Showrunner
- Kristin Chenoweth, Actress and Singer
- Diablo Cody, Writer, Producer and Director
- Bruce Cohen, Producer
- Lee Daniels, Producer and Director
- Dana Fox, Writer and Producer
- John Goldwyn, Producer
- James Gunn, Writer and Director
- Anne Hathaway, Actress
- Alan Hergott, Entertainment Attorney
- Nina Jacobson, Producer
- Dan Jinks, Producer
- Kathy Kennedy, Producer
- Zoe Kravitz, Actress
- Bryan Lourd, Talent Agent
- Seth MacFarlane, Producer and Filmmaker
- Laurence Mark, Producer
- Frank Marshall, Producer and Director
- Neil Meron, Producer
- Julianne Moore, Actress
- Ryan Murphy, Producer
- Peter Paige, Executive Producer and Showrunner
- Rob Reiner, Actor, Director and Producer
- Sarah Schechter, Producer
- Adam Shankman, Director and Producer
- Aaron Sorkin, Screenwriter and Producer
- Marisa Tomei, Actress
- Gus Van Sant, Producer and Director
- Harvey Weinstein, Producer and Film Studio Executive
- Craig Zadan, Producer and Director
Expect this number to increase. We will keep you updated.