Atlanta United Owner Opposes Religious Exemption Bill
Blank, also an owner of the Atlanta Falcons, likely has fears that the bill becoming law with Governor Nathan Deal’s signature could put future Super Bowl hosting hopes in jeopardy. The National Football League has repeatedly said that laws which allow discrimination against LGBT people based on personal religious beliefs are contradictory to their policies.
The Home Depot co-founder shared his feelings via a statement: “I strongly believe a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Georgia is critical to our citizens and the millions of visitors coming to enjoy all that our great state has to offer. House Bill 757 undermines these principles and would have long-lasting negative impact on our state and the people of Georgia.”
In addition to the NFL, Blank, and the Home Depot, Georgia mainstays such as Coca Cola and Delta Airlines have come out against the legislation.
Atlanta United FC is scheduled to take the field in Major League Soccer in 2017.