Both Disney and Marvel Studios have vowed to stop filming in Georgia if a religious liberty bill that is currently before Governor Nathan Deal is signed into action.
Both studios have shot extensively in the state of Georgia in recent years, with ‘Captain America: Civil War’s’ filming taking place there last summer, while ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2′ is currently in production at Pinewood Studios, just outside Atlanta, too.
The studio decided to shoot in these locations because of the tax incentives that the state of Georgia offer to production companies.
But a Disney spokesman on Wednesday was emphatic that they would take their business elsewhere if the legislation, which not only protects religious officials from overseeing same-sex marriage ceremonies but also allows faith-based organisations to deny services or employment to individuals that violate their “sincerely held religious belief,” wasn’t overturned by the Governor.
“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” the Disney spokesman declared, via Variety.
The Motion Picture Association of America has also spoken out about the deal, while at the same time its senior vice president of state government affairs Van Stevenson has confidently predicted that Governor Deal won’t “allow a discriminatory bill to become law in Georgia.”
AMC, who film ‘The Walking Dead’ in Georgia, have also joined the boycott, while Human Rights Campaign president Chad Griffin has urged other studios and production companies to denounce the bill by refusing to conduct production in the state until it’s dismissed, too.
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