Decatur company announces it is relocating after Senate passes religious freedom billThe Georgia State Capitol. Photo by Ken Lund, obtained via Wikimedia Commons
Decatur-based company 373k says it will be leaving Georgia after the state Senate passed the “First Amendment Defense Act,” which is widely seen as an attack on gay, lesbian and transgender individuals.
According to the 373k website, the company, “provides a wide-ranging collection of voice services” to clients.
Under House Bill 757, religious institutions would be explicitly authorized to deny services to people or causes they object to for religious reasons.
One part of the bill reads, “No religious organization shall be required to rent, lease, or otherwise grant permission for property to be used by another person for an event which is objectionable to such religious organization.”
To read the full text of the legislation, click here.
373k, which is located on Church Street in Decatur, says it has begun the process of moving its operations to Nevada. In an open letter, the company said, “The 373K team is made up of individuals from different sexes, races, creeds, nationalities, and religions (or the lack thereof). As we continue to grow, we’ll continue to seek the best talent we can find without regard to their sex, race, creed, nationality or religion. As such, we cannot and will not support a state which will allow for a bill such as this to even be debated.”
To read the full letter, click here.