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Subject: Take a Stand Against Discrimination in Georgia
Georgia’s “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act” would give individuals, businesses and other entities, including government employees, the right to discriminate against gay people or other groups currently protected by civil rights laws.
The legislation would provide a free pass for business owners who believe homosexuality is a sin to openly deny gay Americans employment or service.
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Nearly identical to the anti-gay legislation recently passed in Arizona, Georgia’s “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act” would give individuals, businesses and other entities, including government employees, the right to discriminate against gay people or other groups currently protected by civil rights laws.
While the stated intention of the bill is to allow people to “exercise their religion,” the reality is that the legislation would provide a free pass for business owners who believe homosexuality is a sin to openly deny gay Americans employment or service.
This bill is a slap in the face to the LGBT community and everyone who believes in equality and civil rights.
And the legislation would extend beyond protecting those who want to discriminate against gay Americans.
According to the New Republic, under the new Arizona law, "a restaurateur could deny service to an out-of-wedlock mother, a cop could refuse to intervene in a domestic dispute if his religion allows for husbands beating their wives, and a hotel chain could refuse to rent rooms to Jews, Hindus, or Muslims."
It would allow physicians and nurses to refuse medical care that they find religiously offensive such as blood transfusions and allow government employees who adhere to extremist religions to refuse service to a person of a particular race.
It is shameful that this is a conversation that we need to have at all.
The “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act” is a disgraceful misstep and an embarrassment to our state.
Tell your lawmaker to support the rights of all Georgians and to reject legislation that promotes discrimination.