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. State Sen. Josh McKoon (R-Columbus) tried to introduce his anti-gay bill last year and failed. Now, he’s promising to introduce the bill again.
“Georgia Lawmakers: Sen. McKoon’s “religious freedom” bill 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.”
“This discussion about denial of services, the so-called ‘right to discriminate,’ and other things just frankly were not in any way representative of what the legislation would do,” McKoon told Creative Loafing last week. “[My bill] sends the opposite message that Georgia is welcoming and a great place to be.”
Politicians, community leaders, religious leaders, business owners and private citizens packed a Feb. 25 House subcommittee meeting to show their opposition to the bills. Corporate powerhouses like Delta Air Lines, Intercontinental Hotels Group, Home Depot and Coca-Cola came out against the bills as well.
“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.”