Here’s an­other $650K Ge­or­gia will lose if HB 757 passes

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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.

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