Employers and economic developers come at the matter from a more-secular role. Many profess the importance of their being able to hire the best workers into a welcoming environment, regardless of sexual orientation. They contend Georgia won’t thrive without attracting the best and brightest workers and firms here. These job-creators warned of severe economic harm if HB 757 became law.
Even before Monday’s historic veto by Gov. Deal, state officials were dealing with economic development prospects that had scratched off Georgia from their relocation list because of HB 757’s progress. Other companies and entities likewise warned of similar dollars-and-cents negative fallout for Georgia.
We believe that the next chapters in this contentious conversation will require earnest consideration of all sensible viewpoints. Given the broad interest and wide reaction to Gov. Deal’s decision, we today present a special, extra page containing a variety of opinions on this issue.