There is a lot of pressure building on Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as he faces the decision of whether a “religious liberty” bill will be signed into law. The problem with the law is that many believe it is anti-gay discrimination.
And, because of that, there could be great implications for the state, specifically the city of Atlanta.
With a new stadium set to open in 2017, Atlanta is expected to host a Super Bowl in the next few years. However, if the controversial law is signed, the city could lose its bid.
In fact, the NFL has already warned of the consequences.
“NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” the league’s statement to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution 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 sites.”
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, but you can be sure Nathan Deal is hearing plenty of outside voices as he makes his decision.
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