The “religious freedom” legislation passed last week by the Georgia General Assembly could negatively impact Atlanta’s chances of hosting future Super Bowls, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In a statement to the newspaper, the National Football League wrote, “NFL policies emphasize tolerance and inclusiveness, and prohibit discrimination based on age, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other improper standard. Whether the laws and regulations of a state and local community are consistent with these policies would be one of the many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl sites.” According to AJC, the message is clear, “Be prepared: Atlanta may not get a Super Bowl.”
Last week both the Georgia Senate and House of Representatives passed a controversial religious freedom bill widely opposed by community and business interests. Governor Nathan Deal has not yet stated whether he will sign or veto the law.