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Thu Mar 17, 2016, 04:46 AM

Religious liberty bill passes Georgia state legislature (Another win for homophobia!)

A religious freedom bill described by opponents as being discriminatory against same-sex couples passed the Georgia state legislature on Wednesday night in an 11th hour vote ahead of the session's close.

The legislation, dubbed the Religious Liberty Bill, still has to be signed by Georgia's Republican Governor Nathan Deal to become law. Deal has made clear that he will not sign a bill that allows discrimination, but his office did not immediately respond to request for comment on Wednesday night.

Similar bills in states like Indiana and Arkansas sparked storms of criticism last year, forcing many lawmakers to retreat from the provisions.

The Georgia bill, reworked several times by lawmakers amid criticism that earlier versions went too far, declares that no pastor can be forced to perform a same-sex wedding.

The bill also grants faith-based organizations churches, religious schools or associations - the right to reject holding events for people or groups of whom they object. Faith-based groups also could not be forced to hire or retain an employee whose beliefs run counter to the organization's.

Opponents say the bill could be used to deny services and discriminate against same-sex couples.

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Yet one more reminder, gay people are "fair" game. Thought the Supreme Court decision declaring marriage equality was the "end"?

IT WASN'T!

Incidentally, Georgia also does not...again...DOES NOT protect GBLT in housing or employment. It is legal to deny housing or employment based on sexual orientation. The state also is NOT inclusive of sexual orientation or gender identity in state hate crimes law.

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Reply Religious liberty bill passes Georgia state legislature (Another win for homophobia!) (Original post)
Behind the Aegis Mar 2016 OP
Betty Karlson Mar 2016 #1
Bluenorthwest Mar 2016 #2
Behind the Aegis Mar 2016 #6
LostOne4Ever Mar 2016 #3
beam me up scottie Mar 2016 #4
marew Mar 2016 #5

Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 05:18 AM

1. Don't worry: it's just "silent activism".

 

/ sarcasm

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 07:50 AM

2. But at least Ron and Nancy got us talking about it, they had to be so courageous because the rest of

 

us were too afraid to speak of it!

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Response to Bluenorthwest (Reply #2)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 01:45 PM

6. Can you imagine the outcry if this were against a religious group?

Oh wait, no need to imagine.

Funny how stories like this sink like a stone. Rights being eroded, nothing to see here, move along.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 08:18 AM

3. It is telling that they care more about allowing people to be bigots than stopping real hate.

[font style="font-family:'Georgia','Baskerville Old Face','Helvetica',fantasy;" size=4 color=#009999]I am so glad their party is falling to pieces.

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Response to Behind the Aegis (Original post)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 08:34 AM

4. Of course they're in a rush to get it through before sessions close.

Because it was THAT important to allow bigots to discriminate.

GA legislators do have their priorities.


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Response to beam me up scottie (Reply #4)

Thu Mar 17, 2016, 08:46 AM

5. +1! n/t

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