With the Georgia legislative session winding down, the state’s anti-LGBT License to Discriminate bill also known as RFRA is still not quite dead. SB 129 was passed in the State Senate weeks ago, but laid dormant in the House Judiciary committee for a time. That was until March 19 when a special subcommittee first heard the bill. Despite the perception that RFA now lies dead in committee, there is still a chance it could be passed.
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 28 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.
Currently in Georgia, fair-minded citizens are working to end the state's ban on marriage equality. Learn more about the case here.