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Georgia

Cybill Shepherd

In a historic 5-4 ruling on June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States found bans on marriage equality to be unconstitutional—and that the fundamental right to marriage is a fundamental right for all. Learn more about the landmark decision here.


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.

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HOW THIS STATE RATES ON THE ISSUES

HOUSING LAWS

This state does not support

State does not prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

SECOND PARENT ADOPTION

This state does not support

State does not prohibit housing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. State prohibits housing discrimination based on sexual orientation only Second-parent or step-parent adoption is an option for same-sex couples statewide. Second-parent or step-parent adoption is not an option for same-sex couples statewide.

JOINT ADOPTION

This state does not support

Joint parent adoption is not an option for same-sex couples statewide.

EMPLOYMENT LAWS

This state does not support

State does not prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

MARRIAGE EQUALITY

This state does support

State issues marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

MARRIAGE PROHIBITIONS

This state does support

State has a constitutional amendment restricting marriage to one man and one woman.

HATE CRIMES LAWS

This state does not support

State does not have a law that addresses hate or bias crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

PUBLIC ACCOMMODATIONS LAWS

This state does not support

State does not prohibit discrimination in public accommodations based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

ANTI-BULLYING LAWS

This state does not support

State does not have a law that addresses harassment and/or bullying of students based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

SCHOOL LAWS

This state does not support

State does not have a law that addresses discrimination against students based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

TRANSGENDER HEALTHCARE

This state does not support

State has neither a ban on insurance exclusions for transgender healthcare nor does it provide transgender-inclusive health benefits to state employees.

GENDER MARKER CHANGE

This state does not support

State has no laws or policies that facilitate gender marker change on driver’s licenses or birth certificates.