LGBT groups to state GOP lead­ers: ‘Make the right de­ci­sion’

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A num­ber of lo­cal and na­tional LGBT groups have signed onto a let­ter to Gov. Nathan Deal and lead­er­ship in the state leg­is­la­ture call­ing on them not to pass an anti-gay hy­brid “religious free­dom” bill that has gen­er­ated a mas­sive back­lash from the LGBT and busi­ness com­mu­nity.

The let­ter, sent to Deal, Lt. Gov. Casey Ca­gle, Se­nate Pres­i­dent pro tem David Shafer and House Speaker David Ral­ston on Feb. 23, was signed by Ge­or­gia Equal­ity, Ge­or­gia Unites Against Dis­crim­i­na­tion, Hu­man Rights Cam­paign, Lambda Le­gal, Equal­ity Fed­er­a­tion, Amer­i­can Unity Fund, Free­dom For All Amer­i­cans, Na­tional Cen­ter for Les­bian Rights, Na­tional Cen­ter for Trans­gen­der Equal­ity and Na­tional LGBTQ Task Force.

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 a num­ber of groups.

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