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House Bill 757 Vetoed by Georgia Governor

The "Religious Freedom" bill threatened Atlanta's hope of hosting a Super Bowl and could have impacted MBS's chances at hosting the MLS All-Star Game.

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Atlanta's chances to host an MLS All-Star Game and a Super Bowl just regained their momentum.

In a press conference today, Governor Nathan Deal said he will veto House Bill 757 stating that the bill "doesn't reflect the character of our state or the character of our people."

The controversial law would have allowed churches and affiliated religious groups the right to refuse service and make hiring decisions based on the organizations "sincerely held religious belief."

While MLS has not officially commented, Atlanta's chances to host the MLS All-Star Game could have come under considerable scrutiny had the bill passed.

Arthur Blank expressed serious concerns over HB 757:

"I strongly believe a diverse, inclusive and welcoming Georgia is critical to our citizens and the millions of visitors coming to enjoy all that our great state has to offer. House Bill 757 undermines these principles and would have long-lasting negative impact on our state and the people of Georgia."

The NFL said last week that if passed, HB 757 would have seriously influenced their decision to allow Atlanta to host a Super Bowl within the next few years. Business within the film industry had already threatened to leave Georgia if the measured passed.