One of the most anti-gay pieces of legislation the country has ever seen swept the Georgia Senate by a whopping 38-14 margin Friday, sending Georgia-based businesses into a defensive frenzy. The business community, along with LGBT, African-American and Jewish leaders, are trying to stop the bill in the House before it becomes law. Business leaders are desperate to avert an economic boycott reminiscent of Indiana’s stumble on the same issue only one year ago. Not surprisingly, the economic repercussions facing Georgia, which Governor Nathan Deal touted in his re-election campaign as the “#1 State For Business”, have already begun.
Atlanta-based telecommunications company 373K announced it will be leaving Georgia and relocating its headquarters to Nevada. Founder Kelvin Williams stated to the Atlanta-Journal Constitution “We are trying to get the best talent we can, and I don’t want to be in a state where it is hard to attract the best talent”.
In 2015, Indiana passed a similar law, leading to widespread condemnation from many of the country’s top employers.
Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff kicked off an economic boycott of the state by announcing plans via Twitter to cancel all Salesforce programs that would require customers or employees to travel to Indiana.