If you’ve been paying attention in recent times, you might have noticed that many projects have been heading to Georgia for production due to the state offering a very nice tax incentive. This list includes The Walking Dead as well as many of Marvel Studios projects, such as Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 which is currently filming in the state. Well, it looks like Disney & Marvel Studios might be looking for a new base of operations as the two are threatening to leave the state due to a controversial religious liberty bill that may be passed.
The bill that is at the core of this issue is intended to shield opponents of the Supreme Court’s landmark same-sex marriage ruling and would protect religious officials from having to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies. The bill also would allow faith-based organizations to deny services of employment to those who violate their “sincerely held religious belief.” The bill is currently on the way to Governor Nathan Deal. Walt Disney Co. & Marvel Studios issued the following statement on the matter.
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.
Bravo to Disney & Marvel for this. This definitely isn’t something that Steve Rogers would stand for. Here’s hoping other studios join in. Sound off with your thoughts in the comments section below.