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Georgia Republicans are trying to pass an anti-LGBTQ “religious freedom” bill

Mar 4, 2019

By Daniel Villarreal

This week, state Republicans in the Georgia Senate introduced Senate Bill 221, The Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, which would allow people to sue the government if any laws or ordinances “substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion.”

Naturally, opponents of the bill worry that it’ll be used to allow religious organizations and business owners to discriminate against LGBTQ people. Similar bills have been floated in Texas and Kentucky, but the business community has successfully opposed them since such laws make states less attractive to LGBTQ-friendly employees and consumers.

Atlanta-based Home Depot and Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons football team and the Atlanta United soccer team, have both opposed the bill. In a joint statement, The Metro Atlanta Chamber and Georgia Chamber both called the measure “a distraction” from more important issues.

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