Here’s another $650K Georgia will lose if HB 757 passes
An academic group with 1,200 members and a $650,000 investment has vowed to move its conference out of Atlanta if a controversial “religious freedom” bill becomes law. House Bill 757 is currently called the “Pastor Protection Act” but it took on a completely different look after the anti-gay language of state Sen. Greg Kirk’s (R-Americus) First Amendment Defense Act was inserted into it, opening up the door to discrimination against the LGBT community and other groups.
“This bill authorizes discrimination against sexual minorities and as such we find the bill morally objectionable and socially destructive,” Southern Sociological Society president Barbara Risman tells the AJC.
“Discrimination is in direct conflict with the principles of our organization and will prevent us from doing business in the State of Georgia.”
HB 757 is now the House’s burden, and Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ralston are reportedly working behind the scenes to clean up the mess. It will likely not get taken back up until after Crossover Day on Feb. 29.