BOTH Georgia and Mississippi Pushing Extremist Bills To Legalize LGBT Discrimination

Voting on Civil Rights

This morning the Georgia Senate is debating HB 757, a hybrid of the House Pastor Protection Act and the Georgia First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). The new bill will allow ANY individual or “faith-based” business, non-profit entity, or taxpayer-funded organization to ignore any law that conflicts with their religious beliefs about marriage. This bill will allow those in  the state to blatantly violate the Free Speech and Establishment Clauses of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Thus, any person, business, or taxpayer-funded organization could refuse anyone else rights, services, and benefits because they are part of an interracial couple; are part of an interfaith couple; are a single mother; are part of a same-sex couple; are divorced; are remarried; live or have lived with a partner without being married; or have had sex outside of marriage at any time in their life.

Yesterday yet another anti-LGBT bill introduced by Republican Mississippi House Speaker Philip Gunn to legalize “religious liberty” discrimination against LGBT citizens advanced in the House Judiciary Committee today on a 14-3

Dubbed the “Religious Liberty Accommodations Act,” this piece of horrific legislation would allow ALL individuals, religious organizations and private associations to use religion to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Mississippians.

Under H.B. 1523, religion could be used by any individual or organization to justify discrimination against LGBT people, unwed mothers, veterans and others. Faith-based organizations could refuse to recognize the marriages of same-sex couples; deny children in need of loving homes with LGBT families; and refuse to sell or rent a for-profit home to an LGBT person — even if the organization receives government funding

H.B. 1523 would also give foster families the freedom to submit an LGBT child to the harmful and tortuous practice of “conversion therapy,”

Will Kohler

Will Kohler is a noted LGBT historian, writer, blogger and owner of Back2Stonewall.com. A longtime gay activist, Will fought on the front lines of the AIDS epidemic with ACT-UP and continues fighting today for LGBT acceptance and full equality. Will’s work has been referenced in notable media venues as MSNBC and BBC News, The Washington Post, The Advocate, The Daily Beast, Hollywood Reporter, Raw Story, and The Huffington Post

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