For­mer U.S. of­fi­cial: HB 757 ‘would lead to real harm to many peo­ple’

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Meet Joe Whit­ley, this year’s Michael Bow­ers. Bow­ers, you’ll re­call, is the for­mer Ge­or­gia At­tor­ney Gen­eral that Ge­or­gia Equal­ity hired last year to do an anal­y­sis of SB 129, state Sen. Josh McKoon’s (R-Colum­bus) so-called “religious free­dom” bill.

This year, the group hired Whit­ley, a for­mer fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor and U.S. Jus­tice Depart­ment of­fi­cial, to do an anal­y­sis of HB 757, the anti-gay hy­brid “religious free­dom” bill that has cre­ated a na­tional back­lash.

Whit­ley de­liv­ered his anal­y­sis to the of­fices of Gov. Nathan Deal and House Speaker David Ral­ston on Feb. 24. He de­nounced the name of the anti-gay lan­guage in­serted into the bill, say­ing, “As an ini­tial mat­ter, I note the con­tra­dic­tion that HB757’s drafters have deemed it the ‘Ge­or­gia First Amend­ment De­fense Act.’ As you are no doubt aware, the First Amend­ment of the United States Con­sti­tu­tion needs no leg­isla­tive ‘de­fense,’” said Whit­ley.

Whit­ley re­served the bulk of his anal­y­sis to slam the bill for per­mit­ting dis­crim­i­na­tion and deny­ing of equal pro­tec­tion un­der the law. He says pas­sage of HB 757 “would lead to real harm to many peo­ple.”

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