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Anti-gay bill will destroy civil rights in Georgia

UPDATE: Call Speaker Ralston at 404-656-5020 and tell him to block anti-gay language in any bill. Say no to HB 714 and 1027. Say no to hate.

Tell your lawmakers that businesses and individuals should not be able to use religion as an excuse for discrimination based on sexual orientation or any other reason. The “Religious Freedom Act” would be an enormous leap backwards for civil rights in Georgia.

Georgia Lawmakers: The “Preservation of Religious Freedom Act” does not protect freedom, but rather, strips people of it, and should be struck down.

Arizona’s radical anti-gay law is not a model that should be followed in Georgia. As a lawmaker, you should stand up for the rights of all citizens by rejecting legislation that supports discrimination.

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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.

    I just signed a petition asking my state representatives to take a stand against discrimination.

    Will you join me and sign the petition?

    SIGN and SHARE:
    http://act.bettergeorgia.org/sign/anti_gay_bill/?source=taf



    Join people who have signed:
    Aug 21 - Ralph O - Baton Rouge
    Jun 27 - Jeff C - Rincon
    May 07 - Nancy B - atlanta
    May 01 - Evans P - Detroit
    Apr 06 - Karen S - canton
    Mar 27 - Dorthea J - Lithonia
    Mar 26 - Susan W - Marietta GA
    Mar 24 - Taylor B - Peachtree City, GA
    Mar 24 - Sam C - Savannah
    Mar 23 - Richard C - North Highland Finance
    Mar 23 - Getzamany C - Lawrenceville
    Mar 23 - Linda C - Kingsland, GA
    Mar 23 - Jason H - minneapolis
    Mar 22 - Ashley H - Pine Mountain
    Mar 22 - Donna P - Atlanta
    Mar 22 - Eugene K - Pine Lake, Ga.
    Mar 22 - Njeri N - Mableton
    Mar 22 - Jo R - Gainesville
    Mar 22 - Richard W - Valdosta
    Mar 22 - Damyon C - Tucker
    Mar 22 - Nicole K - Richmond Hill
    Mar 22 - Ronald N - Atlanta
    Mar 22 - Joshua R - booneville
    Mar 22 - Kristin G - Hoover
    Mar 21 - Erin - Woodstock
    Mar 21 - Leah - Dunwoody
    Mar 21 - Rebecca S - norcross
    Mar 21 - Kevin M - Snellville
    Mar 21 - Joel L - Atlanta
    Mar 21 - Martha - Hiawassee
    Mar 21 - Mary P - Marietta
    Mar 21 - Leslie L - Kathleen
    Mar 21 - Ted W - atlanta
    Mar 21 - Kristina S - Marietta
    Mar 21 - Mel M - Marietta

    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.

    Georgia anti-gay bill

    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.