Zack Ford has an report up at Think Progress on Georgia's SB 129. He has managed to get a few Georgia businesses to comment on the bill.
Georgia’s businesses have been oddly silent on the bill, despite mounting pressure from an organized Stop SB 129 social media campaign and a fomenting backlash against Indiana’s similar law. With its proponents now on record testifying that circumventing nondiscrimination laws is essential to the bill, however, a few more businesses are speaking out.
The Home Depot, which is based in Georgia and had long been futilely boycotted for the American Family Association for it’s LGBT support, responded directly to a ThinkProgress inquiry about SB 129. Stephen Holmes, Director of Corporate Communications for the home improvement company, said, “We’ve been clear on several occasions that we don’t support anything that discriminates.”
Garin Norain, Vice President of Public Relations for the Atlanta Hawks, Georgia’s professional basketball team, told ThinkProgress that the team does not comment on any pending active legislation. But, he said, “We would not support any legislation that discriminates,” noting that the team opposes all forms of discrimination, including on the basis of sexual orientation.
Also of great interest Ford's follow-up to previously reported in the Georgia Voice and others, concerning the repeal of a tax subsidy for airlines. Is this a strong arm bully tactic being used by the religious right to silence Delta Airline's opposition to SB 129? Some wonder.