Atlanta’s 2019 Super Bowl bid becomes a pawn in ‘religious liberty’ fight

If you didn’t see this one coming, allow us to recommend a decent optometrist. These paragraphs are from a letter sent today from Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, to Roger Goodell, commissioner of the National Football League, address SB 129, Georgia's "religious liberty" bill:

…Atlanta is a top contender for the Super Bowl in 2019, but this law directly contradicts the NFL’s nondiscrimination policy and values of acceptance and inclusivity. Should this bill become law, Georgia will not be a welcoming place for LGBT people or many other minorities.

Public businesses ranging from department stores to the corner pharmacy, funeral homes to restaurants, all could legally turn away LGBT people. Those are not values the NFL supports. I strongly urge you to consider whether that is the type of environment to which you want to bring a Super Bowl, and the associated revenues, prestige, and media spotlight….

Read the entire letter here:

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Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway
Jim Galloway is a three-decade veteran of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution who writes the Political Insider blog and column.