Following Disney, the NBA Is Getting Political

March 25, 2016

Disney and Marvel released a statement this week saying they will no longer film movies in Georgia if the governor of that state signs a “religious liberty” bill into law. 

The bill allows religious officials and religious institutions to deny services to people based on their sexual preference. The LGBT community believes such a bill will be a blow to the progress they have already made in the South. Georgia lawmakers passed the bill earlier this month. Now Gov. Nathan Deal has until May 3 to sign it. Just so you know, 248 productions were shot in Georgia last year. 

A stone's throw from Georgia is North Carolina, where the NBA is now letting their thoughts be known on another issue - transgender bathroom usage. The state of North Carolina just passed a law that requires all people to use the bathroom that matches their biological sex. The city of Charlotte had already passed a law that would allow transgender people to use the bathroom they identify with, no matter what they look like on the outside. 

The NBA is set to host the All Star game in Charlotte in 2017 but now it looks like those plans might be on hold until this gets sorted out. Losing the NBA All-Star Weekend would be a huge financial blow to the city and the state. 


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