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‘Walking Dead’ actor protests adoption legislation critics call anti-LGBTQ

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“Walking Dead” actor Daniel Newman will participate in a protest Thursday that condemns an adoption bill moving through the legislature this session. The Senate voted 35-19 to approve a bill  that would allow taxpayer-funded adoption agencies to reject gay couples seeking to adopt children from foster care, AJC political writer Mark Niesse reported. The bill now advances to the state House.

With the spotlight on Atlanta’s bid to be the home of Amazon’s HQ2, Newman said such legislation could ruin the city’s chances to be a competitive contender.

“I’m “Protesting” the Anti LGBTQ prejudice Bill #SB375 that’s potentially harmful to Georgia getting incredible companies like Amazon. This bill goes against Equality and human rights,” Newman said in an online comment. “I’m desperate to get Amazon to Georgia and other companies that can help our incredible state.”

As AJC business writer Scott Trubey reported, Amazon has narrowed its list of potential cities for its massive HQ2 location to a final grouping that includes Atlanta and 19 other metro areas. The shortlist also includes Austin, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, Toronto and Washington, D.C. and its suburbs.

The hunt for HQ2 now enters its most critical phase, a race to the finish where finalists will put on the hard sell to land the mammoth project. In turn, HQ2 will likely create one of the biggest incentives bidding wars in memory, with lawmakers doing battle to land a legacy-defining prize

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