Unilever chief executive Paul Polman:
Virgin chief executive Richard Branson:
Dell Inc. founder and chief executive Michael Dell:
And Microsoft president Brad Smith:
Then there was this poll from Salesforce chief executive Marc Benioff, who took on similar legislation in Indiana:
Supporters of the bill played their own defense over the weekend. From state Sen. Josh McKoon:
A Salesforce spokeswoman emailed a statement to the AJC in response: "This discussion is about Georgia, where our local employees have asked us to get involved. We are not alone—more than 400 businesses have joined Georgia Prospers to oppose this bill in its current form. We were encouraged by comments from Governor Deal indicating that the bill is not in its final form. Salesforce believes in equality for all. Equal rights is an important issue, both in the U.S. and around the world, and we do whatever we can to protect our employees and customers from discrimination."