The bill’s backers say they are trying to protect religious freedom. But they know full well that the measure is nothing more than a legal shield for discrimination. Georgians are free to believe as they choose, and to say whatever they want to whomever they want about their views on marriage. But when they enter the public sphere, and particularly when they benefit from taxpayer dollars, they are not free to ignore any law that doesn’t align with their personal religious views on marriage.
Michael Dell, founder and CEO of the computer giant Dell, then tagged Benioff and linked to the NYT editorial in his tweet:
Today is Crossover Day at the Gold Dome, i.e. the last day for bills to move from one chamber to the other and still pass before the end of the session in March. Gov. Nathan Deal is reportedly still working with House and Senate leadership to clean up the mess that’s caused the national backlash, but HB 757 already crossed over so don’t expect any news on it today outside of further opposition from business and other interests.