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Disney Threatens to Leave Georgia If Anti-Gay Bill Gets Signed Into Law

Will The Walking Dead follow?

Merrill Barr

In response to Georgia's proposed "anti-gay bill" that could potentially be signed into law soon, Walt Disney Studios threatened to leave the state for its production needs should such an action take place.

The officially titled "Free Exercise Protection Act," would offer protection to faith-based organizations that refuse to provide services that they say violate their beliefs, including same-sex marriages. Critics say the bill would allow for legally sanctioned discrimination in the state.

"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," said a spokesman for the studio.

Disney, long at the forefront of supporting LGBT employees and issues, would put a substantial dent in Georgia's entertainment economy by leaving, since many recent films from Marvel, which Disney owns, have shot in and around Atlanta. Pinewood Studios outside Atlanta, for example, has served as the site for Ant-Man, the upcoming Captain America: Civil Warand Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

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AMC, the network that makes The Walking Dead in Georgia, also issued a statement condemning the legislation Wednesday, potentially meaning its future in the state could be in flux too if it passes.

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