Major Sporting Teams in Atlanta Oppose Anti-LGBT Bill in GeorgiaBy Adam Polaski • March 18, 2016 • 5:43 pm
Today, in an avalanche of opposition to Georgia’s House Bill 757, three major sporting teams in Atlanta, Georgia voiced fierce opposition to HB757, a bill that would allow businesses, organizations, or individuals to cite their religious beliefs as an excuse to discriminate.
The Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Braves, and the Atlanta Falcons all expressed disappointment with the bill, which now is in the hands of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, the last line of defense before the terrible bill becomes law.
Atlanta Falcons Owner Arthur Blank said:
“One of my bedrock values is ‘Include Everyone’ and it’s a principle we embrace and strive to live each and every day with my family and our associates, a vast majority of which live and work in Georgia. I strongly believe a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Georgia is critical to our citizens and the millions of visitors coming to enjoy all that our great state has to offer. House Bill 757 undermines these principles and would have long-lasting negative impact on our state and the people of Georgia.”
The Atlanta Braves said:
“The Atlanta Braves organization believes that House Bill 757 is detrimental to our community and bad for Georgia. Our organization believes in an environment that is inclusive of all people. In addition to allowing discrimination against citizens of this state, the bill will have a profoundly negative impact on our organization. As a Georgia business and employer, we proudly support Georgia Prospers in its goal to ensure that the state’s workplaces and communities are diverse and welcoming for all people, no matter one’s race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. We are proud to represent Georgia and are opposed to any law that endorses discrimination against anyone.”
The Atlanta Hawks said:
“For generations, Atlanta has stood at the forefront of civil rights and its diversity is what has made this city a cultural leader in the Southeast. The Hawks strongly believe in the values of inclusion, diversity and equal rights, core principles by which we operate our business and are essential elements in making Atlanta a leading global city.”