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Business leaving Georgia amid freedom religious bill controversy

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The passing of the Religious Freedom Bill by the Georgia House and Senate has sparked business backlash.

Kelvin Williams, founder of 373K, said he’s officially moving his start-up telecommunications company out of Georgia.

“We are gone, yes. We’ve already incorporated. We just got our articles of incorporation in Delaware,” said Williams.

Williams said he is also aware of other business owners who are ready to take their companies elsewhere.

“There’s at least four, and they’re all in the start-up technology sector, too,” said Williams.

The bill essentially says no pastor can be forced to marry same-sex couples. It also protects faith-based organizations from having their facilities used for events they find objectionable.

Williams urged the governor to veto the bill.

“Don’t sign it. Don’t sign it. Send it back. Just destroy it. Shred it on national TV please,” said Williams.

As the legislation moves to Governor Nathan Deal’s desk, major Atlanta sports teams have joined the discussion. The Atlanta Braves have called the legislation detrimental and bad for Georgia. The Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Dream have vowed their commitment to inclusivity.

The NFL has suggested that the law might make it tough for the city to be chosen to host the Super Bowl. The league said it emphasizes tolerance and prohibits discrimination. The league will make a decision in May on whether the city will be awarded the Super Bowl.

Advocates for the bill say it doesn't go far enough and that is was already gutted. In a blog post, the Family Research Council said the bill was never as strong as it should have been and that it's now a "tattered fig leaf."

Governor Deal has until early May to sign the bill.

CBS46 reached out to the Georgia Baptist Mission Board and State Senator Josh McKoon for a comment. Neither was available to comment on the weekend developments.

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