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Georgia governor to veto law that threatened Atlanta Super Bowl

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The governor of Georgia has decided to veto a law that could have threatened Atlanta’s ability to host a Super Bowl.

Gov. Nathan Deal said in a statement that the “religious liberty” bill, which gay-rights groups said would allow discrimination, “doesn’t reflect the character of our state or the character of its people.”

Atlanta is widely expected to get the Super Bowl in either 2019 or 2020 after taxpayers agreed to finance the Falcons’ new stadium, but the league released a statement this month suggesting that the law, if signed, could cost the state the Super Bowl.

“NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any other improper standard,” the league’s statement said. “Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.”

Two years ago the governor of Arizona vetoed a similar bill after the NFL said that state could lose the Super Bowl.

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  1. olskool711 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:27 AM

    All hail totalitarian, leftist, fascism.

    The “character” his people, the “character” of his state are the …. well they are the characters that voted this sell-out into office.

    Who needs principles when you can have a Super Bowl?

  2. hilmsay says: Mar 28, 2016 10:29 AM

    I really hope the Governor’s veto is coming because the law is discriminatory – NOT because the state “might” lose its bid at a superbowl

  3. patsrule59 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:32 AM

    So one man gets to decide what reflects the character of the state and its people?

  4. waldoampere says: Mar 28, 2016 10:36 AM

    “All hail totalitarian, leftist, fascism.”

    Not to nit pick here but you can’t be a leftist and a fascist at the same time. They’re total opposites.

  5. skittlesareyum says: Mar 28, 2016 10:36 AM

    Are people here really comparing a veto to totalitarianism? Slept through middle school civics class I assume?

  6. esd45suf says: Mar 28, 2016 10:37 AM

    The NFL never should have involved themselves in this. Is there any reason to believe that the above statement will not be thrown back in their faces the next time they choose $ over some other “discriminatory” law, rule, regulation?

  7. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:39 AM

    smh, the war on christians continues. hey mr governor if u want to make things even u can veto the law but u have to sign tebow. fares fare

  8. mongo3401 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:40 AM

    The day the ACLU was formed was the day this country started going down the tubes.

  9. mongo3401 says: Mar 28, 2016 10:42 AM

    Per Howard Balzer the NFL has already discriminated against a gay player.

  10. jhkayejr says: Mar 28, 2016 10:44 AM

    The right Georgia has to act like bigots is the same right the NFL has to not associate with bigots. Sorry about that, bigots.

  11. sindiegosage says: Mar 28, 2016 10:48 AM

    #capitulation

    #invertebrate

  12. bucandball says: Mar 28, 2016 10:54 AM

    The Governor was right to veto this bill. Probably has little to do with the Super Bowl per se. There was a large public backlash of corporations threatening to move out of the state. Not to mention it would have signalled a step back to the early 60’s for Georgia.

  13. jimmyhaffa says: Mar 28, 2016 10:56 AM

    Let’s veto it not because it’s wrong, but because you gotta get in on some of that Superbowl money??? Oh politics….

  14. knightbeast says: Mar 28, 2016 11:01 AM

    Isn’t it odd that the same people who rail against theocratic governments in the middle east, are so determined to have one in our own nation? Hypocrite much??

  15. hazmatt23 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:10 AM

    Playing Devil’s Advocate here, but the NFL was doing what the businesses in the state of Georgia were wanting to do and deciding that they could take refuse their services on the ground of disagreeing with someone’s stances.

  16. vetdana says: Mar 28, 2016 11:12 AM

    For those , who have ears to hear, it is an Abomination to endorse , those things that are Wrong !…..and Judgement…is Not Politically Correct !

  17. f1restarter says: Mar 28, 2016 11:17 AM

    “Not to nit pick here but you can’t be a leftist and a fascist at the same time. They’re total opposites.”

    ————————————

    Actually, thats not quite true; they have a lot more in common that you might imagine. For instance, both radical leftism and fascism viciously oppose freedom of speech. Just ask Chick-Fil-A, or anyone who’s attended a Trump rally. Leftists will shout you down and attempt to silence and/or destroy you if you dare say anything that isn’t in lockstep with their agenda (opposing gay marriage for example).

    Come to think of it, fascism is closer to left-wing politics that it is to right-wing politics.

  18. trailerparkking says: Mar 28, 2016 11:18 AM

    The NFL has no issues taking money from Georgia residents when they buy tickets, merchandise, cable packages, etc…

  19. trailerparkking says: Mar 28, 2016 11:20 AM

    The NFL has no issues making profits off of Georgia residents when they buy tickets, merchandise, cable packages, etc..

  20. jbraider says: Mar 28, 2016 11:20 AM

    waldoampere says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:36 AM

    “All hail totalitarian, leftist, fascism.”

    Not to nit pick here but you can’t be a leftist and a fascist at the same time. They’re total opposites.
    _____________
    Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin were both fascists in that they both consolidated all government power under a single individual, and they were both socialists (leftists) in that they used government as a tool to control their respective economies.

    Democratic socialist (Sanders), National Socialist (Hitler), Peoples Socialist Party socialist (Stalin, etc.), or just plain run of the mill “socialist when I feel like it” socialist (Obama, Clinton) – they’re all the same. They know better than you where you should work, how much you should be paid, and on what (and where) you should be allowed to spend your money. And of course when it comes time to set things to order, they couldn’t care less what you think your Constitutional rights are.

  21. jhkayejr says: Mar 28, 2016 11:21 AM

    If it makes you guys feel any better, you’re still welcome to hate people in your hearts.

  22. bkrog says: Mar 28, 2016 11:23 AM

    There are 33 other states with this law (or very similar to this law).

    I assume the NFL will only send the superbowl to the 17 states that do not have this law? Correct?

  23. trailerparkking says: Mar 28, 2016 11:27 AM

    You PC brah?

  24. alewatcher says: Mar 28, 2016 11:27 AM

    “doesn’t reflect the character of our state or the character of its people.”

    ————–

    Umm, your state legislators crafted this bill and passed it, so I’m thinking that it actually does reflect the character of your state and its people.

  25. fwippel says: Mar 28, 2016 11:29 AM

    We’d better start building more prisons then, because a bunch of clergy in this country, especially Catholics, are going to be guilty of hate-crimes by refusing to marry same-sex couples. In instance of Catholicism, it will be cause their mother Church does not permit such “marriages”.

    It’s not about hate, it’s about the fact that same-sex couples cannot pro-create and as such, do not constitute a family structure. Of course, anyone who grew up with both a mom and dad in the home knows how each brings a separate set of characteristics to the family. But hey, that’s a mean and politically incorrect thing to say, right? After all, in the immortal words of Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?”

    Religious liberty is dead at the altar of the almighty dollar.

  26. granadafan says: Mar 28, 2016 11:32 AM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:39 AM

    smh, the war on christians continues.

    How is not passing a law designed to allow bigotry and un-Christian values a so-called “war on Christians”? This law goes against the tenents of the major religions and is un-American. If this law had passed, Georgia would have been in good company of governments catering to religious extremists with anti gay laws: Iran, Pakistan, Vatican, Saudi Arabia, Russia.

  27. crewchief15 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:34 AM

    jhkayejr says:
    Mar 28, 2016 11:21 AM

    If it makes you guys feel any better, you’re still welcome to hate people in your hearts.
    ———————————–
    Do you even know what is written in the Bill??? It’s not hate, it’s about ALL peoples rights, not just LGBT rights. That’s why people are tired of the left telling us we not only have to accept their life style, but also embrace it!

  28. rcali says: Mar 28, 2016 11:35 AM

    You’re next China! NFL is going to threaten not coming in 2018…unless they won’t.

  29. dasmol says: Mar 28, 2016 11:37 AM

    Money talks, hate speech walks.

  30. baytownbombers says: Mar 28, 2016 11:41 AM

    It saddens me what the NFL and our game has become. It’s more of a podium for political and social opinion then it is a sport. Football used to be a place to escape and watch the athletes compete and leave all the crap behind. Now it is the crap. The sad thing is that some people see this as progress. I think the game may be done as we knew it. It’s become reality TV.

  31. unnamedxsource says: Mar 28, 2016 11:42 AM

    I guess the people of Georgia will now have to decide whether ‘bread and circuses’ are more important than their principles…

  32. iseek11 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:42 AM

    realtruthteller100 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:39 AM
    smh, the war on christians continues. hey mr governor if u want to make things even u can veto the law but u have to sign tebow. fares fare
    __________________
    It’s not a war on Christians. It’s a war on some Christian’s war on gays. Christians can believe and practice freely until the point that it infringes on someone else and insists that others believe and practice the same way. I’ve never understood how people can justify oppression on any level using religion. Christians who take it upon themselves to speak for God and go a step further and impose judgement do a great disservice to Him.

  33. jimbobscooter says: Mar 28, 2016 11:44 AM

    When corporations exercise their right to boycott/leave the state, it’s “leftist fascism.”

    Isn’t that what we’re told to do? Don’t rely on the state and use the free market instead?

    The Governor had a choice: Allow the bill to pass and suffer the economic consequences, or veto.

    Nice to see that given a choice between “morals” and money, Republicans always choose money.

  34. kane337 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:46 AM

    Great decision Governor. You made the correct choice. I’m no leftist but any law that discriminates has no place in our state.

  35. whodat5150 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:48 AM

    Political correctness at it’s finest. How come you liberals celebrate the protection of the minority when two folks complain about a cross that had been in the public square for over two hundred years, that now has to be removed agains the wishes of thousands ( not only Christians) that wanted it there? But it’s okay to crush a VERY small minority of Christians who might not want to photograph or cater a gay wedding? Since liberals believe such beliefs are based on hate, why force someone who “hates” you? Disagreement does NOT equal hate. I STRONGLY dislike tattoos but I don’t hate people that get them. Liberals hate facts like Superman hates kryptonite. It is a FACT that when they mapped the human genome several years ago, they found the genes for gender and ethnicity but NOT sexuality. I’m not saying that it doesn’t exist but at the current time, no one has found it. 95% of readers gave me a thumbs down for stating a FACT. Sorry libs but don’t let FACTS get in the way of your agenda.

  36. folkcrusader says: Mar 28, 2016 11:49 AM

    One thing is clear from this discussion. Most PFT posters should refrain from political spectrum commentary. As well as confusing economic theory with political theory.

    Still picking up my jaw from some of the hilariously dumb comments.

  37. waldoampere says: Mar 28, 2016 11:51 AM

    Adolph Hitler and Joseph Stalin were both fascists in that they both consolidated all government power under a single individual, and they were both socialists (leftists) in that they used government as a tool to control their respective economies.
    ————————————

    And yet they viciously fought each other during WWII and hated each other’s guts. That’s going to be a tough one to explain for the “fascists are leftists” crowd.

  38. buffalostarwarsfan says: Mar 28, 2016 11:51 AM

    fwippel says:
    Mar 28, 2016 11:29 AM
    We’d better start building more prisons then, because a bunch of clergy in this country, especially Catholics, are going to be guilty of hate-crimes by refusing to marry same-sex couples. In instance of Catholicism, it will be cause their mother Church does not permit such “marriages”.

    It’s not about hate, it’s about the fact that same-sex couples cannot pro-create and as such, do not constitute a family structure. Of course, anyone who grew up with both a mom and dad in the home knows how each brings a separate set of characteristics to the family. But hey, that’s a mean and politically incorrect thing to say, right? After all, in the immortal words of Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?”

    Religious liberty is dead at the altar of the almighty dollar.

    ——

    So, barren women or sterile men who can’t procreate, and as such, do not constitute a family structure, shouldn’t be allowed to marry either then?

    A governor exercising his power of veto isn’t being a fascist – he’s exercising his power of veto. Every Democratic and Republican governor or president in history has exercised this power (I’m sure someone can look up a couple executives who haven’t, but you get my point). The legislature also has the power to overrule the veto.

  39. buffedman says: Mar 28, 2016 11:52 AM

    Organised Evil’s wholesale assault on morality of the West has succeeded. It has reduced the great civilization into a pale shadow of its former self. It has emptied it of nearly all virtue and morality. Such that today we live in a degraded civilization.

  40. danielwonderful2015 says: Mar 28, 2016 11:57 AM

    You need to look at why the bill was introduced in the first place. In 1993 a Supreme Court decision undermined some of our religious freedoms. The Federal government as well as 31 States enacted laws that closed a loophole that would allow discrimination based on faith. A Georgia Senator had a constituent in a college in middle Georgia that was denied a degree she had worked for because she would not change her faith. She was a Christian. She sued and the courts ruled against her based on that obscure loophole. The bill is based on the Federal governments law as well as that of 31 other States. Read the bill, it doesn’t say anythuing “anti-gay” in it at all. It will though, protect anyone from being discrimionated against because of their religion.

    A little more reading and a lot less histeria please.

  41. folkcrusader says: Mar 28, 2016 12:04 PM

    “crewchief15 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 11:34 AM

    Do you even know what is written in the Bill??? It’s not hate, it’s about ALL peoples rights, not just LGBT rights. That’s why people are tired of the left telling us we not only have to accept their life style, but also embrace it!”

    Here is the basic problem crew. If you have a law that is written to protect one class of people’s rights that in fact removes the rights of other classes of people that is what’s known as discriminatory.

    A law that guarantees the right of a Christian believer to not do business with what they term a “sinner” should be able to be flipped on it’s head. Are you saying businesses should be able to deny commerce to Christians as well? Should a restaurant be able to throw out a family that prays openly before their meal? If this were the case we would hear nothing but “Christianity under attack!” You can’t have it both ways.

  42. 75rockrasin says: Mar 28, 2016 12:05 PM

    Let me see if I have this right..
    The Governor is going to veto a bill protecting the constitutional rights of the many, to give rights to the few, not specified in the constitution, so the city of Atlanta can host, a football game?!

    What happened to the voice of the people of Georgia?
    And what gives the NFL the right to hold the Super bowl as a bargaining chip injecting itself into local politics?

  43. cymbaline6 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:10 PM

    A lot of people indignantly throwing out terms that they don’t even understand. If I had a dollar for every time someone on the internet misused “freedom of speech”, I might actually be able to afford a Superbowl ticket. One for every misuse of “freedom of religion” and “fascism” might even buy me a beer or two.

    General word of advice: if you use a general political term – like “conservative” or “liberal” – as an insult, you have officially stopped thinking and have become a tool for people with far more money or power than you will ever know. Ditto if you immediately and always follow said terms with political curse words like “fascist”. If “liberal fascist” or “conservative fascist” rolls off your tongue without effort, you’ve become someone else’s pawn.

  44. collectordude says: Mar 28, 2016 12:11 PM

    Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber. ~Plato

  45. gilgafresh says: Mar 28, 2016 12:14 PM

    If you need a great example of how our education system has completely failed us then look no further than towards those that believe that fascism is somehow opposite of “leftist” ideology, and thus by extension, that it must be a product of the “right”.

    Please, do yourselves a favor and research the origins of fascism as a political movement. It was widely accepted in the 20s that this way of governing was indeed a “leftist” idea. Furthermore, please learn what the political left in this country did and believed before and just after it became (too) widely known that the murderous monsters of the last century were themselves on the left side of the political spectrum. Not only did they publicly distance themselves from the fascists that they just recently supported, but they started a concerted effort to start painting fascism as a product of the right.

    “What socialism, fascism and other ideologies of the left have in common is an assumption that some very wise people — like themselves — need to take decisions out of the hands of lesser people, like the rest of us, and impose those decisions by government fiat.”

    I bet you didn’t learn THAT in school, did you? Ever wonder why? Doesn’t matter. It’s not too late.

    Educate yourself!!!

  46. willycents says: Mar 28, 2016 12:16 PM

    Their used to be signs in many establishments that stated “We reserve the right to deny service to anyone.” Which was fine with me. Now, the act is illegal because every group of democratic voters is a “protected” class.
    Asking anyone to actually read the bill that was vetoed is asking most of those “protected” classes to do something they are incapable of: read and comprehend.

  47. steelerben says: Mar 28, 2016 12:16 PM

    f1restarter says:
    Mar 28, 2016 11:17 AM

    Actually, thats not quite true; they have a lot more in common that you might imagine. For instance, both radical leftism and fascism viciously oppose freedom of speech. Just ask Chick-Fil-A, or anyone who’s attended a Trump rally. Leftists will shout you down and attempt to silence and/or destroy you if you dare say anything that isn’t in lockstep with their agenda (opposing gay marriage for example).

    Come to think of it, fascism is closer to left-wing politics that it is to right-wing politics.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    fas·cism
    ˈfaSHˌizəm
    noun
    an authoritarian and nationalistic right-wing system of government and social organization.

    left·ist
    ˈleftəst/
    noun
    1.
    a person who supports the political views or policies of the left.
    adjective
    1.
    supportive of the political views or policies of the left.
    “leftist radicals”

    zeal·ot
    ˈzelət/Submit
    noun
    a person who is fanatical and uncompromising in pursuit of their religious, political, or other ideals.

    I’m pretty sure that you mean zealot, as those can be found on both sides of the aisle. I can see why it might be confusing, because certain “news” outlets prefer to muddy the water with rhetoric as opposed to providing information.

  48. whodat5150 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:23 PM

    Hey NFL, since you want to use your bully pulpit, how about making some demands on the People’s Republic of China’s government about that game to be played there?

  49. crewchief15 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:28 PM

    folkcrusader,

    Again, have you read the bill? Or just following media spin?
    Your analogy doesn’t hold much water.
    How about this one; Someone wants a Muslim owned bakery to make a cake with Muhammad’s picture on it, if they refuse can they be sued?

  50. buffedman says: Mar 28, 2016 12:29 PM

    This Ancient Plan to Transform Society is the five thousand year old Luciferian Conspiracy for World Government often called the New World Order. Western Civilisation is both the cradle and great impediment to this New Age One World Conspiracy. Thus, before the conditions are right for the establishment of the New World Order Western Civilisation has to be destroyed. Hence, it has been the focus of an intense effort by Organised Evil to bring it to its knees. Moreover, a primary target, a prerequisite, a necessity, was the destruction of private and social morality. And a key component of this assault on Moral Order is the Gay Agenda.

  51. mandings36 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:32 PM

    Who needs principles when you can have a Super Bowl?

    If money didn’t talk, this bill would have been passed, Governor is just spewing the PC answer

  52. jjeastwald says: Mar 28, 2016 12:32 PM

    whodat5150 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 12:23 PM
    Hey NFL, since you want to use your bully pulpit, how about making some demands on the People’s Republic of China’s government about that game to be played there?
    =======================================
    That’s a different story. There’s big money for the NFL in China. There’s no money and stripping people’s constitutional rights.

  53. iseek11 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:33 PM

    fwippel says:
    Mar 28, 2016 11:29 AM

    ….It’s not about hate, it’s about the fact that same-sex couples cannot pro-create and as such, do not constitute a family structure. Of course, anyone who grew up with both a mom and dad in the home knows how each brings a separate set of characteristics to the family. But hey, that’s a mean and politically incorrect thing to say, right? After all, in the immortal words of Pontius Pilate, “What is truth?”

    Religious liberty is dead at the altar of the almighty dollar.
    ___________
    This issue is not about family and procreation. It’s that some people get benefits from being classified as “family” and some people are denied access to benefits. If we all agreed to remove any legal or financial benefits from “families” and made marriage strictly a religious ceremony defined by each persons religion, most probably would agree that at least it’s equal. But the issue is traditionalists want to define marriage as between a man and woman, and claim God’s blessing, but also keep the tax breaks, claim dependents on health insurance, inheritance rights, and any other next of kin powers and benefits. There is nothing in any religion that says only a man and woman should be married and receives legal protections, tax and health benefits according to God’s will. So it’s not just how we define a family andcwhether God approves or not. It seems religions want separation of Church and State when it gives them freedom to practice but they want the State to recognize them and be very involved when it benefits them. It’s called having your cake and eating it too

    And let’s not pretend that religious liberty and practice didn’t sell itself out to the almighty dollar since the beginning.

  54. gints1017 says: Mar 28, 2016 12:33 PM

    Get over it

  55. trailerparkking says: Mar 28, 2016 12:36 PM

    Serious question, why would gay people even want to be married by an organization that rejects their lifestyle?
    Is a judge or minster from another religion that is more accepting not good enough?
    I really don’t understand.

  56. abninf says: Mar 28, 2016 1:00 PM

    And the republican establishment wonders why we’re done with them. Things are about to change. Hope the governor has another job lined up.

  57. jjeastwald says: Mar 28, 2016 1:09 PM

    trailerparkking says:
    Mar 28, 2016 12:36 PM
    Serious question, why would gay people even want to be married by an organization that rejects their lifestyle?
    Is a judge or minster from another religion that is more accepting not good enough?
    I really don’t understand.
    =========================================
    It’s activism. What you’re talking about is common sense. That doesn’t exist with these leftist groups. People thought the tea party was bad on the conservative side.. They’re teaching Leftist activism in college. It’s all about bringing attention to yourself, and they can do that By Making Most People Uncomfortable to satisfy a few.

    The tail wags the dog

  58. bigbroncomama says: Mar 28, 2016 1:13 PM

    Atlanta needs a bill that outlaws any mention of Natty Ice being an elite QB.

  59. usa98j30t4 says: Mar 28, 2016 1:15 PM

    Would love to see this be voted on by the citizens of Georgia.

    The minority (AND I AM NOT TALKING ABOUT THE RACIAL MINORITY), continue to rule this country.

    Way to give into blackmail Governor.

  60. iseek11 says: Mar 28, 2016 1:19 PM

    This nation has check and balances. Majority does not just rule. It’s called “tyranny of the masses”. Just because a majority of people want a benefit and deny a minority that benefit. It’s why we have House of Representatives where California has more votes than Delaware but we have the Senate where every state has two and the President has a veto and a supermajority overrides that. Otherwise the big states could just get together and vote to make Delaware a landfill because they hsve the majority. Might doesn’t make right. Minorities need protection ftom the masses who hate them. And vice versa. Minorities can’t discriminate against the majority either.

  61. ksiner says: Mar 28, 2016 1:24 PM

    “doesn’t reflect the character of our state or the character of its people.” Actually it does represent your people, otherwise you wouldn’t have had to veto the bill

  62. richc111 says: Mar 28, 2016 1:27 PM

    Hey NFL how about having a game in China which is a country that nobody has any freedoms. But I guess one of the biggest world violators of human rights is ok as long as the revenue potential outweighs the fact that their people have NO human rights

  63. dezertdawg says: Mar 28, 2016 1:37 PM

    The States who’s people have indicated as a majority that there is a desire for a law similar to this should tell the NFL to pound sand. Sure there is a significant financial deterrent to the States not getting the Superbowl. However, if all the Southern States pass a similar law what is the NFL going to do, have every Superbowl in Detroit or Green Bay?

  64. romosmicrodongs says: Mar 28, 2016 1:39 PM

    And people wonder why trump gets votes

  65. conormacleod says: Mar 28, 2016 1:45 PM

    In my 47 years on this Earth, I have discovered one irrefutable fact. Nobody can hate as much as a person hating in the name of religion.

  66. ebdug says: Mar 28, 2016 1:48 PM

    Why not send Georgia’s bills directly to Goodell’s desk instead of Deal’s?

  67. boltergeist19 says: Mar 28, 2016 1:52 PM

    Cha ching. That’s a half a billion $ for the city during SB week. Hell you and I could have figured this out.

  68. johngaltwho says: Mar 28, 2016 1:56 PM

    Its a good thing we all like football cause our interpretations of what constitutes freedom of speech, freedom of/from religion, and tolerance are not exactly shared values.

  69. johngaltwho says: Mar 28, 2016 1:59 PM

    dezertdawg says:
    Mar 28, 2016 1:37 PM

    The States who’s people have indicated as a majority that there is a desire for a law similar to this should tell the NFL to pound sand.

    ——————————————————————-

    You do realize that the backbone of a representative democracy is not majority rule but protecting the rights of the individual to arcane things like life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

  70. sisqsage says: Mar 28, 2016 1:59 PM

    The $$$ bottom line always speaks loudest.
    Pro sports are for the masses.
    Extreme poltical agendas aren’t a priority for those masses, who are fans first, and who spend a ton of money on PSLs, fantasy football and team merchandise.
    They crave entertainment, and don’t want to get involved in politics, which the NFL, MLB and the NBA have correctly realized.
    A policy of inclusion, not division, works best, and doesn’t disrupt the economic gravy train.

  71. imaduffer says: Mar 28, 2016 2:15 PM

    The Georgia State legislature has the votes to overturn the Governors veto.

  72. frankmartinsworld says: Mar 28, 2016 2:24 PM

    With exception, those 150 or so other counties in the state of Georgia, you need to know who pays the bills in the state. It ain’t y’all….

  73. kane337 says: Mar 28, 2016 2:28 PM

    “imaduffer says:
    Mar 28, 2016 2:15 PM
    The Georgia State legislature has the votes to overturn the Governors veto.”

    Keep hoping. Not gonna happen.

  74. granadafan says: Mar 28, 2016 2:31 PM

    It sounds like the market has spoken. Isn’t that what conservatives always say?

    In any case this is NOT some sort of “leftist conspiracy” or the left’s attempt to infringe on the rights of anyone. This was a conservative religious fanatic bill proposed by conservative religious right wingers to allow them to actively discriminate against American citizens. That’s against the law and against the ideals of our Founding Fathers.

    The left is trying to be more inclusive of ALL citizens whereas the right is trying to discriminate against certain citizens and promote only one religion.

  75. imaduffer says: Mar 28, 2016 2:54 PM

    kane337 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 2:28 PM

    “imaduffer says:
    Mar 28, 2016 2:15 PM
    The Georgia State legislature has the votes to overturn the Governors veto.”

    Keep hoping. Not gonna happen.

    ————————————–
    Don’t live in Georgia and I hope they don’t overturn it. But, the people voted for those that are in their legislature and when push comes to shove, they will vote to overturn the bill. If not they will be voted out of office.

  76. mikelin99 says: Mar 28, 2016 3:45 PM

    The NFL should not punish the city Atlanta because of one person’s belief. I for one DO NOT agree we should be forced to support a cause that may go against religious beliefs. Instead we should learn to support each other and give each one the opportunity to express themselves without penalty.

    #MadMikeTruth

  77. jayhawk6 says: Mar 28, 2016 3:45 PM

    The NCAA exerted similar pressure for the same reasons in Indiana last year and Mike Pence, their governor, did the same thing.

    Money talks, Trump caca walks.

  78. pastabelly says: Mar 28, 2016 4:02 PM

    olskool711 says:
    Mar 28, 2016 10:27 AM
    All hail totalitarian, leftist, fascism.

    The “character” his people, the “character” of his state are the …. well they are the characters that voted this sell-out into office.

    Who needs principles when you can have a Super Bowl?
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    This is all about capitalism. Guess what companies are based in Georgia? Coca Cola, for one. Disney also was going to pull out filming movies there. If those companies don’t want to discriminate, you are a fool to go against them.

    Discrimination really isn’t okay in any case for any reason. If you want government controlled by religious fanatics, there are plenty of counties out there for you.

  79. abninf says: Mar 28, 2016 5:20 PM

    conormacleod says:

    In my 47 years on this Earth, I have discovered one irrefutable fact. Nobody can hate as much as a person hating in the name of religion.
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    And vice versa.

  80. nyneal says: Mar 28, 2016 9:08 PM

    I repeat: the NFL wants to play games in China. How’s their track record on human rights?
    Gays and all those who are openly supporting violating the rights of a pastor who doesn’t believe he should have to perform marriage ceremonies between same-sex couples are the real bigots. They don’t believe in freedom of religion, which by the way is guaranteed by our Constitution. They don’t care about anyone else’s rights.
    Here’s something for you to try: Try to get married in a Catholic church to a Catholic person if you’re not Catholic. I did it, and I was treated as if I were a criminal until I did everything they ordered me to do. But I don’t hear anyone blasting the Catholic church over this, and to me — it wasn’t a big deal.
    I had a choice. Do what they asked me to do or look for another place to get married. Out of respect for my wife, I did what they told me I had to do. Did they violate my rights? Not in my opinion. But using the logic the gays are using, they certainly did.
    My point is this — there are rules and standards in every group, no matter which group it is. Boundaries are fine and they’ve been around as long as there have been groups requiring membership. Anyone who says otherwise is a liar or blind.
    It’s my belief that a pastor has the right to refuse to marry same-sex couples if he or she chooses. If gays want to marry, go find another church or pastor. They have a choice, just as I did when the Catholics told me what I had to d in order for my wife to get married in her church.
    Forcing a pastor to do something which violates his religious beliefs is a violation of his Constitutional Rights.
    If the Governor of Georgia had any backbone, he’d have told the NFL to stuff their Super Bowl. But he showed once again that when it comes to standing up to radicals, most politicians cower like wimps.
    This country is sinking lower into the abyss because we have lost our resolve and our backbone.
    The NFL should be ashamed of itself. They pull this grandstanding move against Georgia but have no problems scheduling games in China or Mexico.

  81. fsstnotch says: Mar 29, 2016 7:15 AM

    pastabelly says:
    Mar 28, 2016 4:02 PM

    This is all about capitalism. Guess what companies are based in Georgia? Coca Cola, for one. Disney also was going to pull out filming movies there. If those companies don’t want to discriminate, you are a fool to go against them.

    Discrimination really isn’t okay in any case for any reason. If you want government controlled by religious fanatics, there are plenty of counties out there for you.

    __________________________________

    I’d like a government controlled by THE Constitution. Guess that whole “freedom of religion” part just gets overlooked. Why is it that difficult for a LGBT to simply take their business elsewhere if a business declines to serve them? It’s the business losing out on the income. Much like the gun situation. If a business denies me service because I am legally carrying a gun… I simply just don’t give them my business. Its that simply! But its ok for one to be discriminated against because they have passed a background investigation and legally carry a gun, but not ok for a guy to exercise his religious beliefs because its discrimination. Pot-Kettle…. Before long the whole thing will be overlooked and we will be 100% ruled by tyrants.

  82. pftony says: Mar 29, 2016 9:51 AM

    These are Republican legislatures (GA & Arizona) and Republican Governors. The greatest re-election killer for a Governor (other than a disaster fail) is to lose money for the state.
    NC is experiencing the exact same blow back atm b/c of the “Bathroom Bill” that it just passed & was signed into law by it’s Republican Governor. Several significant entities have decided to boycott the state as a result of the pass. If NC loses too much money or loses the NCAA Tournament as a result, you won’t see this Governor re-elected you can be sure.

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