The Georgia Chamber of Commerce sounded off in an anticipated battle by coming out against the re-introduction of “religious liberty” or “religious freedom” bills in the next session of the state legislature.
Per the AJC, the Georgia Chamber released a policy statement, not yet finalized, declaring strong opposition against the bills, which are seen by many as disciminatory against the LGBT community.
“Practices that open the door to discrimination or create the perception that Georgia supports a discriminatory business environment would threaten our competitiveness,” Chamber spokeswoman Joselyn Baker told the AJC. “It would likely discourage some investments, and possibly affect our ability to attract the kind of quality workforce that we need for the future.”
That hasn’t deterred Republican state Sen. Josh McKoon, who has stated he intends to reintroduce the legislation regardless.
“Among many other things, [the bills would] open a Pandora’s box of LGBT discrimination and unfairly target women based on their health care decisions,” stated a press release at the time from the Democratic Party of Georgia.