Yesterday, the so-called Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) was tabled during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. As the hearing went on, it became abundantly clear that the bill’s sponsor, Senator McKoon, was losing support amongst his colleagues—both Republicans and Democrats alike—because he’s strong arming this poorly written, dangerous legislation through without enough consideration.
Now the bill is stalled temporarily, but this fight is far from over. Our opponents are still as motivated as ever to move this bill forward. And even though the bill was tabled, it could be brought up for a committee vote at any moment, as soon as next week.Our pressure is working, so let’s keep up the momentum. Click here to contact your Senators and urge them to vote NO on RFRA—a bill that would allow a “license to discriminate” against LGBT Georgians. During yesterday’s committee, things got heated when Senator McKoon refused to allow his colleague to introduce an amendment to ensure this poorly written bill would not be used to water down laws protecting children from abuse!
Outrageous. That it would even be a question that children should not be abused in the name of religious freedom should give anyone pause about the true consequences of this dangerous legislation.
But that’s not all. Because despite promises to the contrary, yesterday Senator McKoon reversed his position that companies should not have the right to discriminate, arguing instead that corporations should be allowed to deny service to people who are gay or transgender.Last year—despite the odds—we successfully defeated this bill. After yesterday’s disastrous hearing, I know that if we keep up the momentum we can win in 2015 too. Thanks for speaking out. SHARE THIS STORY