The Gen Con gaming convention has sent a letter to Indiana governor Mike Pence threatening to pull its convention, which brings almost 50 million dollars worth revenue to the state, out of Indianapolis should Pence sign a bill headed to his desk that would allow businesses to discriminate against LGBT people based on religious beliefs.
Said the owner and CEO of Gen Con LLC in the letter:
“Legislation that could allow for refusal of service or discrimination against our attendees will have a direct negative impact on the state’s economy, and will factor into our decision-making on hosting the convention in the state of Indiana in future years…Gen Con proudly welcomes a diverse attendee base, made up of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities, and socio-economic backgrounds. “We are happy to provide an environment that welcomes all, and the wide-ranging diversity of our attendees has become a key element to the success and growth of our convention.”
Pence,has said that he is “looking forward” to signing the legislation and remains motivated to do so.