GA Senate Passes Anti-LGBT Hybrid Bill, 38-14; Sen. Kirk Compares Black Panthers to KKK

hb757senatepassageThis anti-LGBT bill can go to Gov. Deal’s desk as early as Monday. From NCRM:

The Georgia First Amendment Defense Act just passed the Senate by a vote of 38-14. The bill now makes its way back to the Georgia House, which only needs to agree on it. In all likelihood, given that a previous version passed unanimously, it will. The anti-gay “religious freedom” legislation could be signed into law by GOP Gov. Nathan Deal as soon as Monday, after the House reconvenes.[…]

During the initial hearing Friday morning, Republican senators led by Sen. Greg Kirk (photo, lower center), moved quickly to engross the bill, banning any amendments to the legislation from being proposed.

In explaining the bill before the vote Friday, Sen. Greg Kirk claimed it does not impact any business, including its relationship with employees, and claimed “it is a live and let live bill.” Legal experts disagree.

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Meanwhile, we apparently can’t even have decent public accommodations protections. From The GA Voice:

Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) voiced his support for the amendment, saying, “When the Civil Rights Act was passed in 1964, some of the classes that are in this amendment, it really wasn’t a public issue back then. If we are setting the record straight and doing the right thing, there are new issues that have come up and this amendment addresses those issues.”

However, some committee members voiced opposition to it, with Rep. Tom Weldon (R-Ringgold) asking Rep. Bennett what gender identity meant, then saying he’s against the amendment because, “Those who get bullied usually are the ones that end up doing well on down the road in life.”

The amendment failed 6 to 4 and HB 849 will now go before the full House Judiciary Committee.

ALSO: When pressed by Sen. Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), Sen. Kirk admitted that it could protect the Ku Klux Klan, the infamous racial terrorist organization, but stated that it wasn’t targeted toward the KKK. Then, in his answer to Jones, Kirk invoked the Black Panther Party as another organization which could be protected under the bill, falsely comparing the organization to the KKK.

Watch, courtesy of Georgia Equality:

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