MailChimp, a Georgia-based company with 250 employees, made a formal statement against the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which would allow individuals and businesses to claim their religious beliefs as a means of discriminating against gay and transgender Georgians.
The statement reads: “As a privately held company, we don’t normally comment on public policy. However: We do not support SB 129 or any other discriminatory legislation.”
The statement continues with a call to action: “We ask Georgia’s lawmakers to join the voices in their community that are saying no to discrimination and intolerance. We’re extremely concerned that this legislation would be harmful to people, cities, and businesses in our state. It also opposes many of our own company’s values: inclusiveness, diversity, equality, and respect.”
MailChimp’s opposition comes after a major wave of backlash in Indiana after a similar RFRA bill was signed into law by Governor Pence late last week.
Organizations and major corporations including Angie’s List, the NCAA, the NBA, Yelp, Salesforce and Apple have all publicly opposed the legislation, and Indiana is already anticipated lose millions of dollars and thousands of jobs from the fallout.
Governor Pence has since responded, announcing that he would introduce a solution to try to “clarify” the bill, but has yet to propose legislation that would ensure this bill would not give a “license to discriminate” against LGBT Hoosiers. If RFRA passes into law in Georgia, there’s no doubt a similar backlash will ensue.
MailChimp and other Georgia companies are speaking out because they know our economy can’t endure the same negative repercussions including a tarnished business reputation as a result of passing RFRA.
So where does the bill stand as of now? A House Judiciary Committee hearing on the bill to re-insert discriminatory language was postponed following the negative backlash in Indiana. With just four days until the Georgia General Assembly adjourns, we must speak out now to defeat RFRA once and for all.SHARE THIS STORY