The owner of a Georgia-based telecommunications startup says he is relocating his firm in protest of the state Senate’s approval last week of the First Amendment Defense Act.
Kelvin Williams said the decision to uproot his company, 373k, was in direct response to the General Assembly’s consideration of the controversial religious liberty proposal.
The bill, which must now be approved by the House of Representatives, would empower individuals and not-for-profits to refuse service if it conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs. Critics of the measure say it would give licenses to discriminate against gays and lesbians, and also unmarried couples and single mothers.
“That’s just something that we can’t live with,” Williams told Atlanta ABC affiliate WSB. Watch the interview after the jump.
In a separate interview with Slate, Williams said he didn’t want his business’ tax dollars to enable “hate.”
“If we stayed, we would be funding Georgia’s hate. For every dollar that we make, the state of Georgia gets some.”
He said that while some of his 20 employees will remain in Georgia, the firm’s headquarters will move.
“We can’t pull completely out of Georgia, because we would be upsetting homes… We will still have a presence in Georgia,” he said. “It’s just that we won’t conduct our business from Georgia.”