Gay Atlanta progressive leader debates Baptist leader on ‘religious freedom’ bill

The debate on the so-called “religious freedom” bills went from the Capitol to inside the studios of local TV station 11 Alive, as Bryan Long, the gay leader of the progressive political organization Better Georgia, faced off with Mike Griffin of the Georgia Baptist Convention.

It’s been a busy week for Better Georgia, who ran full-page ads in the hometown papers of state Rep. Sam Teasley and state Sen. Josh McKoon saying the bills would open the door child abusers getting a free pass. McKoon and Teasley went on to deny such claims, with McKoon getting into it with critics on Twitter Tuesday evening. Then on Wednesday, Better Georgia had a mobile billboard circle the Capitol showing the same ads as dueling press conferences took place inside the Gold Dome.

But other than that, it’s been pretty quiet.

Take a look at the debate moderated by Brenda Wood below.