Time Warner, the parent company of DC Comics and Warner Bros., has spoke out against the the controversial law that is currently on Georgia governor Nathan Deal's desk that would allow faith-based organizations to discriminate based on a person's sexuality. Georgia Bill HB 757, also known as the Free Exercise Protection Act, would allow religious officials, business owners and propertiey owners to refuse service to some based on their legal right to free exercise of religion.
“At Time Warner, diversity in all its forms is core to our value system and to the success of our business,” said Time Warner in a statement. “We strongly oppose the discriminatory language and intent of Georgia’s pending religious liberty bill, which clearly violates the values and principles of inclusion and the ability of all people to live and work free from discrimination.”
Warner Bros. is a multiconglomerate with numerous divisions ranging from DC to Warner Bros., as well as HBO, the CW and Turner Broadcasting - which itself includes CNN, TNT, TBS and Cartoon Network. The Turner properties are all headquartered in Georgia.
“All of our divisions – HBO, Warner Bros. and Turner – have business interests in Georgia, but none more than Turner, an active participant in the Georgia Prospers campaign, a coalition of business leaders committed to a Georgia that welcomes all people,” Time Warner added. “Georgia bill HB 757 is in contradiction to this campaign, to the values we hold dear, and to the type of workplace we guarantee to our employees. We urge Governor Deal to exercise his veto.”
Unlike Disney and the NFL, Time Warner did not speak of any planned changes to its business should the law be enacted. Disney, and its subsidiary Marvel Studios, said it would suspend all filming in Georgia, while the NFL has said the law could affect their future decisions in scheduling a Super Bowl in the southern state.
Two independent studies by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Atlanta Convention and Visitors Beaureau estimated (via The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) that a previous iteration of the bill could cost the Georgia economy $450 million dollars annually in direct spending and 4000 jobs should boycotts such as Disney and Marvel's take place.