Roy Gilbert

The Sound of Silence on Abortion

Back in 2014, when the Arizona Legislature passed a bill to provide business owners with a religious excuse to discriminate against gay people, the N.F.L. threatened to move Super Bowl XLIX out of the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed the bill.

In 2015, when the N.C.A.A. led a pushback from its Indianapolis headquarters against a similar bill that the Indiana Legislature passed, Gov. Mike Pence said it was all a “great misunderstanding” and eventually signed a watered-down version that met the demands of the N.C.A.A. and other sports organizations that had protested.

In 2017, the North Carolina Legislature repealed an anti-transgender “bathroom bill” after the loss of the N.B.A. All-Star Game plus convention and tourism business cost the state millions of dollars in revenue and companies canceled plans to relocate there.

This April, prodded or perhaps even shamed by prominent Black business leaders, 170 executives of major companies signed a statement protesting a vote-suppression measure enacted in Georgia and ones pending in other states. Marc Elias, the voting-rights activist who runs the progressive website Democracy Docket, complained this week that the corporate protest amounted to little more than “thoughts and prayers for our democracy,” a fleeting suspension of the business of making money.

Maybe so, but it wasn’t completely without impact. Major League Baseball moved its All-Star Game from suburban Atlanta to Colorado. Apple canceled its plan to shoot a major film in Georgia, which offers among the country’s richest tax credits for movie and television production. The […]