Decatur-based telecom firm 373K will be shutting its doors and moving out of its current location in Georgia after the state’s lawmakers passed a sweeping anti-gay religious freedom bill this week.
The founders of 373K announced they would be leaving the anti-gay state via Twitter, writing: “We are very saddened by the Georgia Senate which passed #HB757 also known as #FADA. It’s time to relocate.”
The furious execs were outraged that Georgia lawmakers voted to pass the First Amendment Defense Act, which would allow people and businesses to discriminate against LGBT people throughout the state.
“It makes no sense. It’s absolutely unnecessary,” said Williams. “We are a startup and we are trying to get the best talent we can. And I don’t want to be in a state where it is hard to attract the best talent.”
“We don’t tolerate that crap,” he said with disgust over the proposed law.
“I’m gay, our CFO is gay, we have people from every walk of life working here,” Williams told the New Civil Rights Movement over the weekend. “I’ve got Muslims, Buddhists, atheists here. We’ve got great Christians working for us. They’ve never thought of not serving anyone – that’s not the message of Christ.”
373K Client Relations Manager Brian Greene told NCRM the company no longer feels comfortable paying taxes in Georgia.
“If you’re not a white married Christian heterosexual, prepare to be persecuted,” Williams told NCRM, adding the lawmakers passing the bigoted legislation are “fake Christians.”