Georgia State Legislature Passes Anti-Gay ‘Religious Liberty’ Bill — But Will It Stick?

Georgia lawmakers pass anti-gay 'Religious Liberty Bill'.

This is just awful.

On Wednesday, Georgia state legislature passed a religious freedom bill which has been labeled by the document’s opponents as being discriminatory towards same-sex couples. Oh no!

The bill, known as the Religious Liberty Bill, has thankfully yet to be signed into law by the state’s Governor Nathan Deal. It’s said that the governor is VEHEMENT that he will not be signing the legislation that focuses on discrimination. Currently, Deal’s office has yet to comment on the situation.

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Unfortunately, this is not the first bill of its kind to try in get passed in the U.S. Most recently, both Indiana and Arkansas faced criticism for trying to push a similar piece of legislation.

The legal document, which has been reworked several times, states that no pastor can be forced to perform same-sex nuptials. SRSLY??

We really doubt a couple is going to ask a pastor to oversee their wedding if he or she doesn’t approve of their marriage. DUH!

To make matters worse, the bill also allows churches, religious schools, and other religious associations to reject “certain” people or groups from holding events at their establishments. Not to mention, faith-based groups will also not be forced to hire or keep an employee that has beliefs different from their own.

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Obviously, opponents are outraged as they claim the document could be used to deny services and discriminate against those in same-sex-relationships.

Lobbyist Mike Griffin was more than happy with the passage of the bill as he shared:

“We feel we’ve advanced our protection of our First Amendment Right to religious freedom. Our rights of religious liberty don’t end inside the four walls of a church.”

Eye roll. However, a late added amendment notes that the proposed law CANNOT allow discrimination which is already prohibited by federal law.

300 businesses, including Coca Cola and Delta Airlines, have officially denounced the ordinance and have urged Georgia lawmakers to drop it. Here’s hoping they’ll listen

Mar 18, 2016 7:24am PDT

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