No surprise some members of the legislature for the great State of Georgia want to get on the bandwagon
House Bill 1023, "The Preservation of Religious Freedom Act," was introduced last week in the Georgia House and is scheduled for a hearing this afternoon in a House Judiciary subcommittee. That quick action suggests that the bill has at least some chance of advancing. (It should be noted that the bill has bipartisan support, with at least three Democrats as co-sponsors.)
If enacted into law, HB 1023 turns religion into a veritable "get out of jail or lawsuits free" card for any state or local law. It exempts people and businesses from any government action or legal proceeding that "directly or indirectly constrains, inhibits, curtails, or denies the exercise of religion by any person or that directly or indirectly pressures any person to engage in any action contrary to that person's exercise of religion."
The 2 big corporate dogs headquartered in Atlanta are Delta and Coca-Cola
This from Delta
“As a global values-based company, Delta Air Lines is proud of the diversity of its customers and employees, and is deeply concerned about proposed measures in several states, including Georgia and Arizona, that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
“If passed into law, these proposals would cause significant harm to many people and will result in job losses. They would also violate Delta’s core values of mutual respect and dignity shared by our 80,000 employees worldwide and the 165 million customers we serve every year. Delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals.”
My guess is Coca-Cola will be heard from as well if this does not die in committee - as is the case in Arizona, the zealots are running into some resistance
One senses a general retreat from the legislation. We asked Gov. Nathan Deal about the pending bills this morning. Said Deal:
“That’s not one of my pieces of legislation.”The follow-up: So do you see it as a priority?