Georgia bill HB 1023 / SB 377 would authorize any business to refuse services and goods based on religious convictions. This would open a Pandora’s box of discrimination and anti-civil behavior targeting gays and lesbians, women, racial minorities and certain religious groups. The bills are moving through the Georgia legislature quickly, so we need to act fast to stop this pro-discrimination policy from becoming Georgia law. Although disguised behind the mask of first amendment rights, this is nothing but a plain and simple affirmation of anyone’s right to discriminate for virtually any reason. U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Scalia wrote on a similar case that the traditional compelling interest test would be âcourting anarchyâ and open the prospect of religious exemptions from civic obligations of almost every conceivable kind. Similar legislation has stalled or been defeated recently in Tennessee, South Dakota and Kansas. And Arizona Governor Jan Brewer is facing major pressure to veto a similar bill in her state. Georgia legislators should reject this discriminatory law, but that wonât happen unless we can build massive grassroots pressure in opposition to HB 1023 / SB 377. This bill would do nothing more than create a society in which personal opinions take prevalence over basic civic behavior. Do not allow it to become law. For full text of the bills, please follow the links below. http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/HB/1023 http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20132014/SB/377
Et tu, Georgia? I swear, this only serves to show LGB folks how much they aren’t wanted. But guess what? We’re here to stay. I already talked about the bill similar to this in TN, which was thankfully defeated. I haven’t talked here about the ones in KS, ME, or AZ because they aren’t Southern states, but in case you missed that, this insanity has happened there, too. So far AZ is the only state to pass it through both houses of legislature and I’m hoping it stays that way.
This bill is blatantly unconstitutional. The only reason it’s been given a leg to stand on is because LGBTAQ+ folks aren’t a protected class. If they tried this with, say, an interracial couple, they’d be slapped with a lawsuit so hard and so fast that we’d never hear about it cause it would be an open and shut case. Unfortunately, that’s not yet the case for LGBTAQ+ people. But at least it tells us who to vote out of office next time.