Delivering a potentially serious blow to one of the fastest growing production hubs in the country, Walt Disney Co. is threatening to no longer film in the state of Georgia if an anti-gay bill is signed into law there.
The Free Exercise Protection Act is on the desk of Gov. Nathan Deal, who has until May 3 to decide whether to veto it. Hollywood business totaling billions of dollars could hang in the balance.
The measure, passed by Georgia lawmakers March 16, would offer protections to faith-based entities that refuse to provide services that they say violate their beliefs. If it becomes law, the proposed legislation would have the effect of beefing up legal safeguards for opponents of same-sex marriage.
Critics say the Free Exercise Protection Act promotes discrimination.
“Disney and Marvel are inclusive companies, and although we have had great experiences filming in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere should any legislation allowing discriminatory practices be signed into state law,” a spokesman for Burbank-based Disney said.
FBI agents took invoices from two gun shops, one based in Fort Worth, as well as rounds of .223-caliber and a 9-millimeter ammunition, weapons accessories and an iPhone when they searched the California home of the suspects in the San Bernardino shooting.
Those items and others were listed on an FBI evidence receipt left behind at the home of Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, and posted by the Los Angeles Times.
The landlord of the Redlands, California, town house that they rented allowed reporters into the home on Friday.
The invoices do not say what was purchased from Cheaper Than Dirt, which according to its website is a gun discounter based in Fort Worth, and the second online gun shop, Budsgunshop.com.
The United States government has the right to demand the emails of anyone in the world from any email provider headquartered within US borders, Department of Justice (DoJ) lawyers told a federal appeals court on Wednesday.
The case being heard in the second circuit court of appeals is between the US and Microsoft and concerns a search warrant that the government argues should compel Microsoft to retrieve emails held on a Hotmail server in Ireland.
Microsoft contends that the DoJ has exceeded its authority with potentially dangerous consequences. Organizations including Apple, the government of Ireland, Fox News, NPR and the Guardian have filed amicus briefs with the court, arguing the case could set a precedent for governments around the world to seize information held in the cloud. Judges have ruled against the tech company twice.
The department store chain announced what it called “something exciting” Friday. After some customers complained about certain toys’ being designated as appropriate for girls, it is doing away with signs denoting gender classifications.