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Over 400 business and corporations including the National Football League have threatened to boycott Atlanta if Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signs new anti-gay marriage legislation into law.

The "Pastor Protection Act" unanimously passed the Georgia legislature leaving only Gov. Deal's signature to make it a law.

The legislation protects pastors and ministers from marrying gay couples.

An earlier, more controversial version of the bill included protections for all businesses that refused to participate in gay ceremonies such as baking cakes or wedding photography.

But 400 corporations such as Apple, Google and UPS are putting pressure to bear on the governor not to sign the bill even in its present, diluted form.

Gov. Deal cited bible scripture after the legislation passed the Georgia House last month.

"What the New Testament teaches us is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered the outcasts, the ones that did not conform to the religious societies' view of the world," Deal said.

But over the weekend, Deal indicated he was in favor of signing the legislation in its current form.

The NFL objects to the bill in any form if it protects the rights of Christians who believe traditional marriage is between one man and one woman.

According to Fox News, Atlanta losing the Super Bowl would not be enough of an economic impact for Gov. Deal to veto the bill.

“When one looks back at the actual data, we don’t find bumps of hundreds of millions of dollars,” sports economist Victor Matheson told FOXBusiness.com.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Ok...so they want marriage equality but in the interest of equality want to force people to go against their personal beliefs? That's azz backwards.

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    THIS!

  • iWasteTime

    someone 'splain the visual for this post for me
    T.I.A.

  • Yoni

    I'm telling yall.....DOGS and GAYS will get some laws passed around this bitch! #nopun

  • Low E. {CIRCA 1908}

    SUPER BOWL? I GUESS HELL...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You do know that blacks and other racial minorities will be next, right?

    People like you are clueless.

  • SameoleJ

    There is NO rhyme NOR reason other than they did the Superbowl. That's all; that's it!!

  • SameoleJ

    I am on the fence, only because there are same sex couples who believe in God and want to be married in a religious ceremony and I can respect that.......however, if a pastor does not feel comfortable with performing the ceremony, they should have the right to say no.

  • SameoleJ

    Not Black dogs and gays though.....they azzes iz exempt!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Unless you're a church/pastor/minister how does your business have any connection to your personal beliefs?

    Businesses exist to make money.

    So if your personal beliefs are against 'sins' then which ones count and which ones don't?

    If you say that you're not going to do business with people who've been married before you just alienated between 1/4 and 1/3 of the entire population.

    What about not doing business with people who aren't virgins or weren't virgins when they married?

    Ha,ha,ha!!

  • It’s Taurus Season

    “Pastor Protection Act”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    I blame Eddie Long

  • SameoleJ

    It is a slippery slope when you use the biblical laws as justification.........if one applies then morally they all do and there are pastors who fornicated and have been divorced multiple times, plenty have lied and stolen, as well.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Nobody cares about forcing these (mostly) downlow pastors being forced to marry gays.

    Hell there are enough denominations who do it already.

    We're talking about regular businesses discriminating against gays.

  • SameoleJ

    The legislation protects pastors and ministers from marrying gay couples. I am reflecting on this part. As for the businesses, they are full of shiat.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    The funny part is that he still has a wife and congregation.
    But blacks are still so homophobic-only when they want to be.
    Ha, ha,ha!!

  • It’s Taurus Season

    He is a pedophile. I find nothing funny about THAT. Nor should he be protected.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    My point is that black folks thinking is f-ed up.

    They will defend a man who preyed on teenage boys but they hate the thought of a two adult men in an equal relationship.

    But there are a lot of abuse victims in the black community who still believe what their abuser told them--it was their fault.

    Sometimes I wake up and want to say-fugg other black people.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Had nerves to be on a movie acting like he was hiding from peen

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    okay, but who would want their 'union' to be officiated by someone who doesn't wish them well anyway? you gonna stand and have an angry azz pastor perform the ceremony through clenched teeth?
    this makes no sense to me, smh.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    And what I said goes the same for pastors/ministers marrying people who may be shacking or not virgins or been married before.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Well said

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Then said pastor would go back to his study and turn on his laptop or smartphone and whack off to some gay porn.

    Ha, ha,ha!!

  • Nancy Drew on my ibrowse today

    how about seeking out a LGBT pastor to perform the ceremony? he/she would at least be 'happy' for the couple, LOL!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Smh have a good evening y'all.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Was watching an episode of Hoarders yesterday. Young man started hoarding when he came out as gay as a teen. There was a moment on the show when the dad told him, I have never judged you and I have and always will love you. Dad said, I'm not trying to change you, but you are trying to change me. It was a lightbulb moment. After that, he got a grip and was able to throw all that shyt crowding up his home away.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Bye!

  • It’s Taurus Season

    Oh this. Cosign.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I understand them living how they want to but nobody should have to go against their beliefs for it imo

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    Agreed!

  • Put some Respeck on B.Sweet

    This is stupid. People get turned down by pastors all the time and they're heterosexual. This isn't an elected office. Maybe I'm biased but I wouldn't want someone who has no interest in my getting married at my wedding if they didn't want to be.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Cosign

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Thank u!!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That was the red herring part of the bill which was meant to distract from the more important part of the bill.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I'm glad you said personal beliefs because Christ never discriminated against anyone.

    He actually referred to society's outcast as the least of these and identified with them.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    You're welcome.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Sure honey keep telling yourself that.

    I bet they don't reject straight couples if one or both has been married before or if they are living together before marriage or if both aren't virgins.

    If they were honest they would put up a sign stating what types of people they won't do business with.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Actually, there was never a need for this bill to begin with. Any pastor has any right to refuse to officiate any wedding--always has, always will. What the legislation supposedly intended to do was prevent those same pastors from being sued by such a party were a pastor to actually refuse to oversee such wedding.

    This was all never an issue, of course, until anti-gay forces saw they couldn't roll back the clock on gay marriage.

    The real issue, Sandra, is that this kind of legislation makes it legal for someone to refuse to serve you or any other gay person a cake, a car, drinks, housing, and possibly even medical care...or just about anything under the Sun. That's absurd.

    I get that you want gays to be treated as outcasts while suffering unimaginable horrors, but rest assured sweetie that this ignorant piece of legislation will be quickly shut down by the courts. Its just an unconstitutional, unnecessary and ignorant example of the type of nonsense bigots engage in when they have official power.

  • Auditor

    I'm guessing the bill is needed to minimize backlash against the pastor. Slander, suing, etc etc...

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Ostensibly. But how often do we hear about pastors being sued for NOT officiating a wedding? Keep in mind, we've been living with legalized gay marriage in ALL 50 states for close to a whole year now and where's the mountains of lawsuits against the preachers?

    Nowhere. This kind of legislation is expected in certain locales, like here in Georgia. Either way, no court is gonna uphold this kind of nonsense in 2016. Folks aren't fooled by this. Religious liberty is another term for religious bigotry, and that's not where its at anymore.

    And if it goes to the Supreme Court, then you can GUARANTEE it will be struck down.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    If they believe you're only supposed to marry once and refuse, it's theirs to have but most don't. Everybody is entitled to feel how they feel.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    That's not even the point. I wish ya'll would pay more attention to the facts and stop missing the point: this kind of law can be used against gays, or even heterosexual couples. Suppose you and your boyfriend need a place to stay and a prospective landlord says he won't rent to you because you are not married.

    And suppose ALL the landlords you call say the same thing. That means you will have no place to live because somebody who goes to the church down the street doesn't approve of the way you're living.

    How fair do you think that is?

  • Peter Piper ATL

    EXACTLY. Lol, its easy for people to co-sign some stupid discriminatory mess when it comes to gays but when they find out the same type of discrimination can harm them, they think differently.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Everybody is entitled to feel how they feel but they are not entitled to put those feelings into law. People aren't going for that anymore. Civil rights and human rights should mean something.

  • Jean Paul Le’vonne

    Christians, Muslims, is there really any difference? Both are the only major religions to preach hate and intolerance. Both need to have something to hate in order to be relevant!

  • Roc

    LMAO...according to Fox News...

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I respect your opinion but mine is mine.

  • 7ate9

    Shame on Deal. Keep this religion bull outta government! I don't care to hear a silly bible fairy tale from a Governor. Leave your religion out of laws especially this discriminatory bull about gays. Let these gay folks find happiness on their own terms. These religious nuts act like gay is the only sin. What about premarital sex, out of wedlock babies, adultery?! Are bakeries allowed to discriminate and not bake cakes for 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th marriages?! What about Mother's trying to buy cakes for kids born outside of marriage?! What if a pedophile comes in to purchase items? Are they put through a background check?!

  • Kilroy

    Governor Deal already has that document in the trash. Deal never touches that type of legislation.

  • BeX’akye

    ???

  • Hugga Bunch

    Atlanta got the film industry so we straight. I mean good.

  • Taylordanes

    I wish the LGBT would stop FORCING others to accept their preference. DO YOU but stop making others accept you. You want to be comfortable and feel its ok to make other people uncomfortable in the process. Stop whining and grow a thick skin.

  • Taylordanes

    PREACH!

  • Taylordanes

    THANK YOU! Find someone who accepts you and keep it moving. Black people are not going to go to a racist pastor or bakery, they go to their own..Find someone who agrees with your lifestyle and use them. STOP forcing people to accept your PREFERENCES!

  • Taylordanes

    All businesses have a right to refuse to serve someone!

  • Taylordanes

    exactly..its the agenda! Force it on everyone...population control...

  • Taylordanes

    What does this have to do with forcing someone to marry you or making you a cake? A living situation and a marriage are two different things. Sounds like someone needs to buy their own property or FIND a landlord who agrees with their situation! no one is obligated to do anything for anyone!

  • Taylordanes

    I doubt people who agree all want gays to be treated as outcast. There are some people who have beliefs are all ALLOWED that! So if I am a pastor and dont want to marry gay couples I shouldnt be forced to. The same way I shouldnt have to be forced to serve KKK's if I owned a restaurant or sell them guns if I owned a gun store. Business owners have a right to use discretion

  • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.daniels.7311 Lisa Daniels

    Why do they all look like they are passing gas?

  • JayCee087

    It never ceases to amaze me that people will trip over a piece of legislation that supposedly dictates we they are already going to do (or not do).

    LA/Hollywood is still the number one location for the entertainment industry. Outside of that any film production will go where the tax breaks are (either GA or somewhere else).

    Anyone who actually follows deals behind sports (including infrastructure deals like a new stadium, filming, etc.) know that a hosting city of a superbowl hardly ever makes any money of economic significance, particularly for that cities local economy.

    All business have discriminated against people based on various criteria ("no coloreds allowed" discriminated against black people, "18 and older" business discriminate against teenagers, "no shirt, no shoes, no service" discriminates against nudists); that has happened and always will continue to happen.

    It's sad that (apparently) most Americans do not understand the importance of the constitutional first amendment and the economic concept of supply and demand; what one won't do, there will be 10 others that will, and you needn't any "legislation" to tell you the obvious.

  • KB

    I would've liked to see that episode.

  • Let Your Soul Glow

    It was a good episode. One of the better outcomes.

  • Baron

    Yawn...don't go to Atlanta if you don't agree. I do, however, find it interesting when I talk to religious people many have no clue what they even believe. This lady was trying to "save me" years back. I asked her several questions: Who was King James? Why do you subscribe to his version of the Bible? What happened at the Council of Nicea? What language is believed to be the original language of the Bible and what is the likelihood much was lost in translation? How many years passed before the Bible was transcribed? Why don't great miracles happen today? I.E., parting seas, walking on water, surviving in lion dens, etc... Did God stop performing said miracles after the Bible was published? Silence. She offered nothing. Thus, I am skeptical. Additionally, religion has no place in government.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    You're missing the point. When you start cherry picking whom to serve and whom not to serve, where does it end? This legislation opens the door to a Pandora's Box.

    You may not want to serve a member of the KKK. Understood. So what if a KKK member decides he doesn't want to drive the ambulance that could save your life? Lawmakers are supposed to be upholding democracy and protecting rights, not taking them away. This legislation gives lawmakers the power to enable and empower bigots across this state.

    I don't know about you, but I'm tired of living in a country where some of us have rights and some of us don't, and I'm not gonna support any initiatives aimed at making any other human being a second class citizen.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Oh please. You sound ridiculous. Nobody is forcing anybody to do anything. These same bigoted Republican legislators who claim they love Jesus so much are more than willing to look the other way while white cops gun down black children in the streets.

    And the cops walk scot free. That means those lives don't matter, at least in the eyes of the same system you're supporting by telling people to "grow a thick skin".

    Maybe you'd have more sympathy if your rights were being trampled and a bunch of people who feel uncomfortable with you decide that you shouldn't have any rights.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    HaHaHa, you forgot to switch screen names when you said "PREACH" to your own message LOL. #LAME.

  • Taylordanes

    I am speaking from a business owners point of view. If a member of the KKK were working for an ambulance company and is employed by someone by law he is obligated to do his job, especially in that field. However as a business owner, I have and should have a right to work on a project that is Eco Friendly versus working with a company that pollutes the earth. I can decide who I want to give my services too. You can even take it on a higher plane. I don't associate with people with certain energies and darkness...personally or business wise, I have a right to decide who I want to serve and put in my space. It is a pandoras box...

  • Taylordanes

    I DO NOT equate the struggloe of my forefathers with the LGBT struggle. Black Americans have historically been more disenfranchised than LGBT people are now. The civil rights movement created a model that can be followed but it cant be compared....

    And I don't see where rights are being trampled...there are many and I'm sure hundreds to thousands of people willing to perform the ceremony. It's not like every church is shutting it's doors. It's not like African-Americans in Jim Crow who couldn't vote, who couldn't stay in hotels, who couldn't stay restaurants, but if you were white and gay, you could. Doesn't compare...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    So you're ok with hypocrites who according to the Bible are sinners, but you believe that you have the right to judge gay folks?
    That's for being honest about your selective 'morality'.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I'm not judging anyone but everyone has their own belief point blank period and goodnight.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    That's true and until recently the main objective of businesspeople was to turn a profit not express their religious beliefs through their businesses-however you do that.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    At least you weren't careless enough to say 'Christian' beliefs because I was going to roast your a$$ and quote scripture where Christ never discriminated against anyone-actually he was most closely associated with society's rejects.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    You wasn't going to roast anything some of you all be doing the absolute most about opinions on a blog. Tis never that serious.

  • SameoleJ

    That would also work. I say let the pastors who want to perform it perform it and those who don't don't. Really simple!!

  • Rob

    The governor is already on record for not supporting legislation which condones discrimination, so why is this such a big deal–pardon the pun.

  • Auditor

    All ima say is...just because you don't hear about it doesn't make it untrue/real/didn't happen/doesn't happen...

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah just like all of these black churches feel 'uncomfortable' taking in those gay tithes, gay offerings and having a gay minister of music or a downlow preacher in the pulpit or when someone doesn't mind asking that gay relative for a loan or to watch their bad a$$ kids while they go to the club.

    Gee so gay people should allow themselves to be used and disrespected?

    That sounds like the same mentality that white racists have about blacks.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    "Actually, there was never a need for this bill to begin with. Any pastor has any right to refuse to officiate any wedding--always has, always will."

    The minister being forced to perform a gay marriage was the strawman part of the bill which hid the more insidious part of the bill.

    Republicans are masters of obfuscation.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    LOL.

    Kinda like the voter ID laws stopping voter fraud that doesn't exist.

    A law looking for a problem.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Examples please.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    "Tis never that serious."

    Maybe you should find some black people who grew up under Jim Crow and ask them how not serious it was--just a few white people with the opinion that blacks were inferior.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Except that black churches don't mind accepting gay tithes, gay offerings and the gay minister or music and the occasional downlow preacher in the pulpit.

    But it's all good.

  • TeeTee

    This law has so many loop holes to give employees in a slave state too many other opportunists to turn this into something else. This state (GA) is a work at will state. You can be the best employee and you can get fired for no reason already. This law here will add to the BS laws that already exist here.... this is about more than just same sex because it going to get twisted. Oh may I remind you that we don't even have hate crime laws wither! (why did I move here?)

  • TeeTee

    The gays, cokes, and trannies? lol JK!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    I said last night point blank and period yet here you are again. This is my last reply anything else I will act like it's invisible font and no response.

  • S. Williams

    Chick Fil-A doesn't support gay marriage.... they still in business

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah and over half of their regular customers are pre-diabetics.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Yeah and over half of their regular customers are pre-diabetics.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You may want to read some recent articles where they are currently supporting pro-equality groups.
    Just like the GOP old homophobes are dying off and businesses want as many customers as possible.
    If you think eating a chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-a is going to get you into heaven then you're clueless..
    It's funny that Alabama's holy-roller anti-gay governor just got busted for having phone sex with one of his assistants.
    Now we know why his wife of over 50 years divorced his hypocritical a$$.
    You can't hide from karma.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    You may want to read some recent articles where they are currently supporting pro-equality groups.
    Just like the GOP old homophobes are dying off and businesses want as many customers as possible.
    If you think eating a chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-a is going to get you into heaven then you're clueless..
    It's funny that Alabama's holy-roller anti-gay governor just got busted for having phone sex with one of his assistants.
    Now we know why his wife of over 50 years divorced his hypocritical a$$.
    You can't hide from karma.

  • Layla Leone

    Im so sick of everything being so gay all the time. I love everyone but not everyone loves me so why am i forced to support their issues when black ppl are still suffering. Why does sexuality now play a part in the superbowl? Is it not about sports anymore?

  • da troof

    imagine if corporations stood behind people of color for state sanctioned racism and the shooting of unarmed black men, or all white juries, or mass incarceration instead of buggery... how powerful a nation we could be....