Friday, January 15, 2016

The Freedom To Discriminate

Conservatives keep saying that religious freedom legislation isn't being used as a license to discriminate against the LGBTQ community, but that's exactly what a new Republican bill in Georgia does.

Florists, bakers or any other private business owner could refuse service to gay couples getting married in Georgia, under legislation filed Wednesday that is likely to inflame the battle at the Capitol over religious freedom and gay rights
House Bill 756 would allow business owners to cite religious beliefs in refusing goods or services for a “matrimonial ceremony” — a blunt assessment of conservatives’ outrage after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in June state prohibitions on same-sex marriage to be unconstitutional. 
The bill represents the worst fears of gay rights advocates and others who have fought the last two years against other so-called religious liberty legislation. One of the most prominent bills, Senate Bill 129, remains tabled in a House committee after moderate Republicans and Democrats attached anti-discrimination language that supporters say gutted the bill. 
SB 129, however, makes no provision allowing businesses to refuse services to gay weddings for religious reasons and its sponsor, state Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, has said repeatedly that he has no anti-gay agenda.

Not that I would expect Republicans to be anything other than gay-hating bigoted jackasses, but it's almost amusing to see them stop jerking people around and come out with such an obvious bill designed to allow people to get their hate on.

There's nothing Christian about treating people badly because they're different from you.

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