ATLANTA – Today, members of the Young Democrats of Georgia and the YDG Stonewall Caucus attended the Georgia Unites Against Discrimination coalition’s “Rally to Stop LGBT Discrimination.”
Currently, there are eight bills under consideration in the Georgia legislature that expressly discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Georgians — including the reintroduction of the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act (RFRA), a Pastor Protection bill (HB 757), and the deceptively named First Amendment Defense Act (SB 284).
If passed, these bills would allow businesses and groups to discriminate against LGBT people under the guise of religious freedom — which is already protected under the First Amendment. In the past, a number of major corporations based in Georgia have spoken out against this type of legislation being bad for business in the state, such as Coca-Cola and Delta. However, some Republicans in the Georgia legislature continue to introduce these dangerous, unjust bills.
Despite last year’s ruling at the Supreme Court that made marriage equality legal across the country, Georgia continues to be a state where a same-sex couple could be fired because of their marital status or a transgender person can be denied accommodations at a hotel. While the City of Atlanta is protected by nondiscrimination ordinances, there remains no protections for LGBT people at the state-level.
As one of the top 10 most populated states in the nation, it is regrettable that Georgia is not only lacking in nondiscrimination protections, but that some Republican lawmakers continue to target LGBT residents.
The Young Democrats of Georgia are proud to support LGBT equality across the state and will continue to speak out against anti-LGBT legislation.