First Business Leaves Georgia After Sweeping Anti-Gay Bill Passes: ‘We don’t tolerate that crap’
The Decatur, GA based 373K Telcom company announced it would be leaving via Twitter. Its founders are outraged over the states First Amendment Defense Act, which has nothing to do with the First Amendment and extends legal cover state-wide to individuals and corporations to discriminate against LGBT people and same-sex couples.
373K Client Relations Manager Brian Greene said the company no longer feels comfortable paying taxes in Georgia.
“I’m gay, our CFO is gay, we have people from every walk of life working here,” co-founder Kelvin Williams told NCRM on Saturday. “I’ve got Muslims, Buddhists, atheists here. We’ve got great Christians working for us. They’ve never thought of not serving anyone – that’s not the message of Christ.”
“We don’t tolerate that crap,” he added definitively.
Four major LGBT supportive Fortune 500 companies: The Home Depot, United Parcel Service (UPS), The Coca-Cola Company, and Delta Air Lines, are headquartered in Atlanta as well as AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead which films in the state.
The Tourism industry in Georgia is the 5th largest employer in the state with a total economic impact of $53.6 billion.