Geeks to the rescue

GenCon  2013

I love this story:

Like Han Solo in the Millennium Falcon, organizers of a massive $50 million gamer convention have flown in to save the day—threatening to take their business elsewhere if Indiana governor Mike Pence signs SB 101, the controversial bill that would allow individuals to discriminate against LGBT people on religious grounds.

The Indiana House and Senate both passed the bill this week, so Pence’s signature is really the last stop before SB 101 becomes law. And he’s been drooling about signing for days.

“The legislation is about respecting and reassuring Hoosiers that their religious freedoms are intact,” Pence said this week in a statement, adding that he “look(s) forward to signing the bill when it reaches my desk.”

But now Adrian Swartout, chief executive officer of GenCon has sent a letter he sent to Pence, trumpeting the convention’s history of attracting “a diverse attendee base, made up of different ethnicities, cultures, beliefs, sexual orientations, gender identities, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.”