Atlanta City Council votes against anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ bills
On March 7, the Atlanta City Council voted to pass a resolution in opposition to House Bill 757, Senate Bill 129 or any other legislation that would discriminate against the state’s LGBT community.
The resolution, proposed by Councilmembers Mary Norwood and Alex Wan, passed unanimously. It was co-signed by Councilmembers Yolanda Adrean, Natalyn Archibong, Michael Julian Bond, Keisha Lance Bottoms, Andre Dickens, Kwanza Hall, Felicia Moore, Howard Shook, Carla Smith and Ivory Lee Young, Jr.
The move is the latest hit against such bills, following the LGBT community and allies, the business community, many faith leaders and the biggest headline-grabber so far this month—Gov. Nathan Deal.
“I join Governor Nathan Deal, businesses all across Georgia, the LGBT community and all Georgians who know that as Georgians we must stand for inclusion, equality, and fairness for all,” Norwood said in a statement.
“This is what sets Georgia and Atlanta apart and makes us a world-class environment, taking our place on the world stage. We cannot go backwards; we cannot afford to have discrimination in any form — under any guise — as the law of our state. Our future is too important,” she said.
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