One of the main sticking points in the fight over state Sen. Josh McKoon’s (R-Columbus) so-called “religious freedom” bill is the concern that it would open up the door to more LGBT discrimination. McKoon has sworn that it will not, but new information has surfaced showing ties between McKoon and an anti-LGBT ministry based in Columbus.
McKoon was the one who filed the paper work with the Secretary of State’s office to form the nonprofit corporation in 2011 for Voorhees. As the registered agent of the ministry, McKoon represented it in all legal matters. However, for three years the ministry never paid the annual fees to the state to keep it as an active corporation.
The latest entity status date for the ministry was February 2, 2014 and it showed the corporation was to be dissolved. Voorhees has set up a new corporation, Chaplain Paul Voorhees Ministry, Inc., that became active in April 2014 and lists a different registered agent, Robert S. Poydasheff. Poydasheff, a former mayor of Columbus, Georgia, endorsed McKoon for the state Senate in 2010.
McKoon, who did not return a message left for comment Monday evening, and Lt. Governor Casey Cagle invited Voorhees to the Georgia State Capitol to be the chaplain of the day in 2011.
“Tuesday is the 35th legislative day, so it doesn’t leave us very much time to move the bill out of the subcommittee to the full committee, to (the) House Rules (Committee) and then to the floor,” he said.
We’re hearing similar thoughts from sources at the Capitol, who doubt the bill has enough time left in the session.