Texas Business Community Raises Voice in Debates Over Anti-LGBT Legislation
The business community is playing an increasingly important role in debates over anti-LGBT legislation. And, following controversial bills in North Carolina and Mississippi, businesses across Texas are gearing up to take on similar bills in the legislature next year.
There have been times lately where economic arguments against so-called religious freedom laws have won out. Just this month, Georgia’s Republican Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed a bill that would have given legal protection to businesses that deny services to LGBT people. The veto came after backlash from LGBT groups and the business community.
“Our actions on House Bill 757 are not just about protecting the faith-based community or providing a business-friendly climate for job growth in Georgia. I believe it is about the character of our state,” Gov. Deal said.
And this wasn’t a one-off. In 2013, Republican Arizona Gov. Jane Brewer vetoed a similar bill at the urging of business leaders like the Super Bowl host committee and the CEO of American Airlines.