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Wednesday, 17 February 2016 22:50

"The Pastors Protection Act" Was Mixed With An Extremely Discriminatory Bill In Georgia

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Georgia state Capitol

 

Two days ago I mentioned that the State of Georgia in which a bill which allowed protection of religious leaders has been passed by the House and is now heading for the Senate, the bill called the "Pastors Protection Act" poses no problem since there is no discrimination, it simply allows pastors not to be forced to celebrate same-sex marriages if they don't want to do it.

But today we unfortunately learned that a powerful Senate committee has actually mixed another bill with this act, and this addition is clearly discriminatory against the LGBT community.

Indeed, this second bill would allow discrimination by all religious institutions to refuse to serve LGBTQ people without government penalty.
Defenders of LGBT rights obviously condemn this second bill, considering it dangerous.

Democratic lawmakers also resented this change in the original bill and are concerned about the discrimination that could be sudden by the LGBT community by businesses of the state or other institutions such as schools.

"You have huge companies in this state that have nondiscrimination policies to encourage employees to come to the state," Gerry Weber, an attorney who handles constitutional law cases, said. "This legislation will allow any individual employee who claims a religious basis for discriminating to do so without being subject to the company’s own policy."

As in Florida, this is only the beginning of a long list of exemption bills and therefore laws that can lead to discrimination against our community.
In Georgia we also speak of eight bills that will be introduced during the year.

For the moment, no date is scheduled for the vote in the Senate, but we will very closely follow all this and we will keep you informed.

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