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Georgia Governor Vetoes Anti-Gay Bill After Threatened Boycotts

Read his statement regarding the decision

Sadie Gennis

Following pressure from the Hollywood community, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he will veto a bill that would legalize discrimination against LGBTQ people.

"Our actions on [Bill] HB 757 are not just about protecting the faith-based community or providing a business-friendly climate for job growth in Georgia. This is about the character of our state and the character of its people," Deal announced Monday morning. "Georgia is a welcoming state filled with warm, friendly and loving people... That is the character of Georgia. I intend to do my part to keep it that way.

"For that reason, I will veto HB 757," the Republican governor concluded.

CBS, Sony and Comcast speak out against Georgia's anti-gay bill

Deal's decision comes after Disney, the Weinstein Company and Netflix threatened to withdraw productions from the state unless the bill was vetoed. Several other media companies, including CBS, Sony and 21st Century Fox, also spoke out against the bill.