Georgia’s Discrimination Law Disguised as “Religious Liberty” Bill

A bill currently proposed in the Georgia State Legislature has been temporarily postponed for public testimony. The bill would require “compelling government interest” to allow the state to “interfere” with a person’s religious practices. It appears to be a way to allow people to discriminate against the LGBT community by leaving little room for the state government to step in. Even if the state can prove there is discrimination happening, the bill would tie their hands to use the least restrictive means to enforce anti-discrimination laws.

A number of similar proposals have been proposed in the past, and we’re voted down. These include a bill allowing adoption agencies to refuse working with anyone due to their “religious beliefs.”