The Bills Are Coming: Two Discriminatory Bills Filed This Week

The General Assembly in Atlanta has started this week with two bills which are already seen as alternatives to Sen. Josh McKoon’s RFRA bill, including the Pastor Protection Act (House Bill 757). From

State Rep. Kevin Tanner of Dawsonville dropped the Pastor Protection Act this morning. The bill, which will be HB 757, is seen by some as an alternative to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act proposed by Senator Josh McKoon of Columbus, features three provisions designed to protect freedom of religion.

Here’s the bill:

Another bill was filed by Tanner which is seen by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as more pointed than RFRA: House Bill 756. From the AJC:

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.

HB 756, however, will likely be met with fierce criticism. And the same man — state Rep. Kevin Tanner, R-Dawsonville — is the lead sponsor of both of them. Tanner left the Capitol Wednesday afternoon and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The House Speaker, John Ralston, has said that he only supports HB 757.

Here’s the bill:

As of yet, McKoon’s RFRA bill remains tabled in the House Judiciary Committee since last March due to a Republican-added amendment: “and protecting persons against discrimination on any ground prohibited by federal, state, or local law.



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