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  • NFL Warns Georgia: Anti-Gay 'Religious Liberty' Bill Could Mean No Super Bowl

    Contentious Pro-Discrimination Legislation Awaits Governor's Signature

    The NFL is playing offense when it comes to anti-LGBT discrimination. Georgia lawmakers this week sent a "religious freedom" bill designed to protect people, organizations, and some corporations from having to deal with same-sex couples, as their "sincerely held religious beliefs" dictate. The bill sits on GOP Gov. Nathan Deal's desk, awaiting a signature or a veto.

    Many businesses and groups are speaking against the legislation, including earlier this afternoon the owner of the Atlanta Falcons, who said it will have a "long-lasting negative impact" on the Peach State.

    Now, the NFL is weighing in, warning that if the bill becomes law, it could jeopardize any chance of Georgia hosting a Super Bowl.

    “NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard," the NFL's statement on the bill to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reads. "Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites."

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which published the statement, notes, "Falcons owner Arthur Blank has hoped to land multiple Super Bowls in the team’s new stadium, which is scheduled to open in 2017. The NFL has previously moved a Super Bowl from Arizona to the Rose Bowl near Los Angeles in the 1992 season after that state refused to recognize the Martin Luther King holiday."

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    • commented 2016-03-21 23:29:21 -0400
      Good for the NFL! Georgia would be smart to listen to the over 500+ businesses, and hundreds of thousands of constituents against this bill.

    • commented 2016-03-21 23:28:28 -0400
      Good for the NFL! Georgia would be smart to listen to the over 500+ businesses, and hundreds of thousands of constitutions against this bill.

    • commented 2016-03-20 05:03:51 -0400
      Bob Martin – “Yeah, we’re building a $1.4 BILLION stadium; please take your Super Bowl & the couple hundred million dollars in revenue that it will generate, elsewhere.” Seriously, dude, you can’t be that stupid.

      Why do some of us hate religious people? Because you think “god” is a blanket excuse to condone bigotry, hatred, and discrimination, and that it shouldn’t be criticized or challenged.

      When the KKK commits a hate crime against a black person, I dare you to tell them to “just let it go.” Asshat!

    • commented 2016-03-20 04:57:55 -0400
      Katie Price – Pick up a calendar, hun. It’s 2016, FFS. Leave your barbaric views in the Stone Age where they belong.

      As a female Xtian, you must have so little self-worth.

    • commented 2016-03-19 20:50:01 -0400
      Katie Price or not read a book written over 2,000 years ago by all men and be better for it. The bible is one of the most mysognistic documents ever written and has no place in a civilized society

    • commented 2016-03-19 20:48:38 -0400
      Bob Martin NO one is attacking religious people HOWEVER religious people should not be able to discriminate against others

    • commented 2016-03-19 14:26:11 -0400
      Bob Martin, hatred and discrimination are not religion. Christianity is about “love thy neighbor,” not the misguided hijacking of the message by the “religious” right. The NFL is absolutely right to not do business with such people.

    • commented 2016-03-19 12:27:54 -0400
      Truth and common sense continues to prevail. Thank God!

    • commented 2016-03-19 07:01:17 -0400
      If your God tells you that treating some of your fellow Americans like second class citizens just because of who they love makes you holy or righteous, then maybe your’re listening to the wrong voices in your head.

    • commented 2016-03-19 00:25:36 -0400
      I find it strange the NFL even get involved in this matter… And why do so many people hate religious people… just let it go… If I were Georgia I would say, “Great, don’t bring your Superbowl here; we will be fine”…

    • commented 2016-03-18 21:41:16 -0400
      Katie Price: the horror is the hatred from he religious right. What does a book of fiction have to do with the NFL?

    • commented 2016-03-18 20:34:48 -0400
      Unable and/or unwilling to stand up to the bigots in Houston who had locked in SB 51 (w more than a year for the NFL to find a new locale), now the NFL wants us to believe they are standing up to the state of Georgia which does not have a planned SB. Laughable, embarrassing, insincere.

      When they could have made a difference they didn’t. Some may say the NFL is learning from their mistakes; I say they’re hoping to improve their image without putting in any substantive effort.

    • commented 2016-03-18 19:16:52 -0400
      What’s happening to this world? Every time I turn on the news it’s like watching a horror movie. Come on people, pick up a holy Bible and take the time to read it. Katie Price

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