Tyler Perry in 2015

Tyler Perry is the latest in a throng of celebrity and media voices to condemn Georgia’s recent anti-gay bill. In a statement released Friday, the media mogul and actor’s TP Studios called on the state’s governor to veto it.

A spokesperson for the company‚ÄĒwhose 200,000-square-foot complex is in Atlanta‚ÄĒencouraged Republican Gov. Nathan Deal¬†to reject a bill that discriminates against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, according to Deadline Hollywood: ‚ÄúAt Tyler Perry Studios, we believe in inclusion and equality for all people.‚ÄĚ

The outlet reports that the Free Exercise Protection Act, aka¬†House Bill 757, was passed through the Georgia Assembly last week. The bill aims in part ‚Äúto provide that religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion‚ÄĚ and allows faith-based organizations not to hire or to provide services to those who¬†‚Äúviolate such faith-based organization‚Äôs sincerely held religious belief.‚Ä̬†

Deal has until May 3 to sign or veto the bill, surely knowing that the state stands to lose millions in business if the legislation passes.

According to Deadline, Perry‚Äôs statement comes just days after Disney‚Äôs announcement that it would pull its business and productions out of Georgia if Deal signs the ‚Äúreligious liberty‚ÄĚ bill into law. Netflix, Time Warner, CBS, Fox, Sony Pictures, Steven Spielberg‚Äôs Amblin Partners, NBCUniversal, Discovery, Open Road Films, the Weinstein Co., Lionsgate, MGM and AMC‚ÄĒwhose blockbuster TV series¬†The Walking Dead¬†is made in Georgia‚ÄĒare among those who have urged a veto of the bill.


H.B. 757 has also been condemned by the NFL and the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks.

Perry himself has a lot of weight to swing in the state. He is reportedly planning on bringing even more business to Georgia when he expands his already huge studio complex to the former site of Atlanta’s Fort McPherson Army Base.

‚ÄúWe do not tolerate bigotry, division and discrimination,‚ÄĚ the Perry spokesperson also said. ‚ÄúWe have tremendous confidence in Governor Deal‚Äôs leadership and ability to continue to lead our great state forward and urge him to veto this bill.‚ÄĚ


Read more at Deadline Hollywood.

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