Hun­dred rally against anti-LGBTQ adop­tion bill

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Nearly 200 peo­ple gath­ered across the street from the Gold Dome on March 1 to rally against Se­nate Bill 375, the anti-LGBTQ adop­tion bill that passed the Se­nate at the end of Fe­bru­ary and quickly caused a na­tional back­lash rem­i­nis­cent of the re­ac­tion to House Bill 757, an anti-LGBTQ re­li­gious ex­emp­tions bill that Gov. Nathan Deal ve­toed in 2016.

SB 375 would al­low adop­tion agen­cies to refuse to place chil­dren with same-sex cou­ples based on the agen­cies’ re­li­gious be­liefs. The bill would also pro­hibit the state govern­ment from tak­ing “ad­verse ac­tions” against such agen­cies. SB 375 was ini­tially in­tro­duced by Sen. Wil­liam Ligon (R-Brunswick) as part of a state adop­tion code over­haul in 2017, but af­ter its lan­guage was stripped from that bill, he rein­tro­duced it as its own piece of leg­is­la­tion this year.

Ge­or­gia’s busi­ness com­mu­nity, par­tic­u­larly the film and tele­vi­sion in­dus­try, came out strongly against SB 375. Gov. Deal has not is­sued a pub­lic state­ment on it.

Dur­ing the rally, it was the words of trans­gen­der youth Tylen that drew the big­gest re­sponse.

“When I met my par­ents, who are a same-sex cou­ple, they are the best fa­thers that I could ever ask for. Tak­ing away the fact that they can be par­ents to me and my fos­ter brother, that means you’re tak­ing away the fact that they have the abil­ity to con­nect with me in a way that the peo­ple in group homes couldn’t. My other fos­ter par­ent couldn’t even stand me,” Tylen said.

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