Will large employers beat back this anti-LGBT atrocity?
More than a license to discriminate, the Georgia bill (HB-757) is an invitation to discriminate against LGBT citizens who are targeted. I wrote about the revised anti-LGBT bill on February 17. The result is something that is simply unconscionable. The bill which sailed through the Georgia Senate Friday (38 to 14) provides an affirmative defense to charges of discrimination. That has the effect of obliterating local ordinances such as the one in Atlanta. HB-757 was originally the Pastor Protection Act. It was merged with SB-284, First Amendment Defense Act. It is now titled Act to protect religious freedoms (which means the freedom to discriminate).
The revised bill now has to go back to the Georgia House which previously passed the two separately. It is expected to pass go to Governor Nathan Deal for signature.
The ten largest private sector employers in Georgia will be instrumental in beating back this bigoted bill. They fund the crazy GOPers and they have much to lose.
- Wellstar Health System, Marietta, 11,000 employees
- Emory University, Atlanta, 10,000 employees
- Emory University Hospital, Atlanta, 9,000 employees
- Lockheed Martin Corp, Marietta, 8,200 employees
- Georgia Power Co, Valdosta, 8,000 employees
- Coca-Cola Refreshments USA Inc, Atlanta, 6,000 employees
- Delta Air Lines Inc, Atlanta, 6,000 employees
- Northeast Georgia Medical Ctr, Braselton, 6,000 employees
- Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, Atlanta, 6,000 employees
- Comforce Corp, Duluth, 5,001 employees