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By Charlotte Robinson, March 29, 2016
With Georgia Governor Nathan Deal coming to his senses & announcing that he would veto Georgia H.B. 757 which is the so-called religious liberty bill that would sanction discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender Georgians we wish he would contact North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory & stop this senseless LGBT homophobic legislation. Winnie Stachelberg, Executive Vice President for External Affairs at the Center for American Progress stated, “Gov. Deal’s rejection of Georgia H.B. 757 provides an important reminder that religious liberty & equal protection under the law are complementary values. Religious freedom is already among the rights enshrined in the First Amendment of our Constitution. Maintaining a balanced approach to religious liberty is vital for fostering economic growth & reflecting the vibrant diversity of our communities & country. Unfortunately, in most of Georgia & a majority of states, many Americans remain unprotected from discrimination due to who they love, how they express their gender, their reproductive health care decisions & more. Guarding against the use of religion to discriminate not only requires resisting overly broad religious exemptions laws but also requires passing comprehensive nondiscrimination protections at the local, state & federal levels that ensure our communities remain welcoming for all Americans”. Hopefully North Carolina will wake-up & do the right thing & end their anti gay law which was passed last week. We must not become complacent in this very crucial election year with so much at stake for our LGBT community especially with the GOP candidates commitment to remove every civil right we have worked so hard to obtain.
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