The Georgia General Assembly adjourned in April without passing SB 129, an Indiana-style religious refusal bill. SB 129 would have allowed individuals and businesses to use religion to challenge or opt out of laws, including local laws in Atlanta and elsewhere that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and other minorities from discrimination in employment, housing and public accomodations. Anti-equality lawmakers came close to passing a similar bill in 2014, and this year's version moved quickly through the Georgia Senate.
Over 200 people from all across Georgia gathered in Atlanta on March 31 for the "Capitol Call Out" rally and march yesterday to denounce the "license to discriminate" bill. Speakers included faith leaders as well as representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, SOUJORN, and the NAACP. Rally-goers chanted "not in my name, not in our name, not in God's name" as they marched to the Capitol steps. From there, they met with their legislators and left notes expressing discontent with the proposed measure without inclusive nondiscrimination protections.
The wave of anti-LGBT bills filed across the country continues to swell, and currently, there are more than 100 anti-LGBT bills in 29 state legislatures. Click here to learn more.
Human Rights Campaign fights for LGBT equality in Georgia alongside state and local groups and lawmakers. Find out more about what HRC is doing for LGBT equality in Georgia and how you can get involved with the Atlanta community.