Tuesday, 16 February 2016 00:40

Georgia Lawmakers Have Approved The Pastor Protection Act, The First In A Long List Of Exemptions

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Georgia lawmakers have approved a bill that will allow religious leaders not to celebrate marriages between same-sex people.

The "Pastor Protection Act" recognizes that there is already protection of religious people throughout the US Constitution, but added a specific protection focus on the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States to legalize equal marriage. It also allows companies recognized as religious institutions not to host same-sex marriages.

This protection does not really pose any problems as marriage remains legal. Nevertheless, it seems that this bill is the first of a long list. ACLU speaks of eight bills that would create exemptions for opponents of equal marriage. We can then only think, given the number of bills, that these laws will be discriminatory towards the community, restricting our rights.

Despite some opposition in the House of Georgia, the bill was passed and it now heads to the state Senate for review.

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