NFL May Not Hold Superbowl 51 In Atlanta Due To Georgia’s Anti-Gay ‘Religious Freedom’ Law
Atlanta could host Super Bowl 51, but Falcons owner Arthur Blank said on Friday that he opposes Georgia’s “religious freedom” bill that was approved by the Georgia Legislature. This bill protects opponents of same-sex marriage, which of course will increase discrimination against the LGBT community.
Atlanta is one of the finalists for the next two Super Bowls, along with New Orleans, Miami and Tampa. The city has been especially enticing because of a new sweet stadium, but this religious exemption bill could change all of that.
NFL League Spokesman Brian McCarthy made a statement regarding the opposition:
“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 many factors NFL owners may use to evaluate potential Super Bowl host sites.”
It’s nice to see that such a hetero-obsessed phenomenon like the NFL is trying to be inclusive of the LGBT community. After all, it’s a helluva homoerotic game! ;-)