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Young Republican and Small Business Owner Says RFRA Goes Against His Values David Bachman ~ Atlanta, GA
Fayette County Residents Unite Against Local & Statewide Attempts to Promote Anti-LGBT Legislation February 16, 2018

All eyes have been on the Capitol for the last several weeks, as senators prepare to fast-track through the legislative process SB 375, which would give publicly funded adoption agencies a License to Discriminate against LGBT youth and same-sex couples.

But battles over discriminatory public policy are brewing in other communities too, including in Fayette County, where the Board of Commissioners voted on January 11 to adopt RFRA-style language into the county code.

This was despite overwhelming objections from community members, who worried that such a policy sends the message that Fayette County isn’t a welcoming community, and that any county- or statewide attempts to discriminate will hurt the local economy.

Those objections were on clear display this week in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where community members were unanimously opposed to Fayette County’s new policy of discrimination.

The Fayette Chamber of Commerce was especially concerned about the economic implications:

The Fayette Chamber believes that inclusion, diversity and free enterprise are keys to creating a welcoming, collaborative and prosperous business climate. We support ideas and public policy that protect the rights and freedoms afforded every citizen in our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The Fayette Chamber believes that inclusion, diversity and free enterprise are keys to creating a welcoming, collaborative and prosperous business climate. We support ideas and public policy that protect the rights and freedoms afforded every citizen in our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights. —Fayette County Chamber of Commerce

And Fayette County NAACP President Terrance K. Williamson wrote in to say that such a policy is not only discriminatory, but completely unnecessary:

My incontrovertible conclusion is this was just unnecessary, ill-conceived political posturing taken by the commission to the overwhelming detriment of Fayette County and its collective citizenry.

My incontrovertible conclusion is this was just unnecessary, ill-conceived political posturing taken by the commission to the overwhelming detriment of Fayette County and its collective citizenry.—Fayette County NAACP President Terrance K. Williamson

Unfortunately, overwhelming community opposition isn’t enough to sink bills like this. That’s why next week, the Senate Judiciary Committee is still expected to move ahead with SB 375. They’ll likely move it through the Senate quickly and secretively, since they know how unpopular it is with constituents — and that it threatens our shot at landing Amazon’s second headquarters.

In fact, SB 375 is the same kind of bill that nearly caused dozens of businesses and billions of dollars to flee Georgia two years ago, the last time we had a very public fight over anti-LGBT discrimination.

Make sure your senators know exactly what’s at stake: Tell them to reject this economically disastrous License to Discriminate, SB 375.

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