CBS, Sony, Comcast, 21st Century Fox and Lionsgate have joined the Hollywood effort to stop a Georgia bill that would legalize discrimination against LGBT people.
"CBS Corporation is committed to an environment that values diversity and inclusion throughout the company and in all our business practices. The discriminatory language in Georgia's proposed religious liberty bill conflicts with these core ethics and values. We call on Governor Deal to exercise his veto power," reads a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
"At Comcast NBCUniversal we are proud of our record of inclusion and stand against discrimination of all forms. We join the voices that urge Governor Deal to protect Georgia from any discriminatory laws," Comcast said in a statement, according to TheWrap.
"Georgia Bill HB 757 is anathema to our studio and to all those who value diversity and inclusion. We strongly urge Governor Deal to exercise his veto," said Sony Pictures Entertainment in a statement.
"On behalf of 21st Century Fox's many creative partners and colleagues who choose to film their projects in the beautiful state of Georgia, we join the growing coalition of businesses in asking Governor Deal to veto this bill," a spokesperson for the company said in a statement obtained by Deadline.
"Lionsgate has deep roots in the State of Georgia in our film, television and location-based entertainment businesses," said the statement from Lionsgate, which shot parts of each Hunger Gamesfilm in or around Atlanta. "As a Company committed to diversity, inclusiveness and tolerance, we urge the Governor of Georgia to veto the deplorable and regressive legislation [House Bill 757] that has been sent to him. We take pride in our relationship with the people of Georgia and want to ensure that we can continue to offer our employees and talent there a working environment consistent with our policies and values."
Those companies join Disney, Time Warner, the Weinstein Company, the NFL, AMC, Starz and many other organizations who have spoken out in an attempt to stop the bill. Actors and producers, including Lee Daniels, Aaron Sorkin, Julianne Moore and Anne Hathaway, have also signed their names to a Human Rights Campaign letter urging Georgia Governor Deal to veto the bill, known as the Religious Liberty bill by supporters. He has until May 3 to decide.