Breaking: Introduced yesterday, Georgia House Bill 1023 uses Religion to discriminate and harm many Georgians.
It appears the language of HB 1023 is more far reaching than similar bills introduced in other states. Including this HB 1023 definition: “Person' means an individual, corporation, partnership, firm, business trust, joint-stock company, association, syndicate, group, pool, joint venture, and any other unincorporated association or group.”
We’re waiting to hear back from the lawyers, but we think this bill could go at least this far:
- Religiously affiliated schools firing women because they became pregnant while not married;
- Business owners refusing to provide insurance coverage for contraception for their employees;
- Graduate students, training to be mental health providers, refusing to counsel gay or transgender people;
- Pharmacies turning away women seeking emergency contraception or to fill birth control prescriptions;
- Businesses closing their doors to same-sex couples planning their weddings.
Read more about the effects of this type of legislation: ACLU: Using Religion to Discriminate and Center for American Progress: ‘Religious Liberty’ Does Not Give People a License to Discriminate