Benioff on Friday asked social media followers whether he should move Connections, the company's digital marketing event slated for May, out of Atlanta if the bill becomes law.
Republican Georgia Sen. Joshua McKoon, who voted for the measure, defended it in a series of tweets. He called Salesforce hypocritical for operating in India and Singapore, which currently have controversial provisions that criminalize homosexual acts.
In a statement, Salesforce said it "believes in equality for all" and would "have to consider reducing its investments in the state of Georgia" if it the bill in its current form became law. The company said more than 400 other businesses oppose the bill as it is.
Salesforce's statement did not address McKoon's criticism about operations in India and Singapore.
McKoon told CNBC that he wanted Salesforce "to immediately shutter all business operations in India and Singapore in accordance with [Benioff's] publicly stated positions," adding that he would be "delighted" to debate the issue with Benioff in an open forum. He argued that the measure in Georgia "merely ensures the government will not punish an individual or organization for the views they hold."