We told you last week about the likelihood of dueling religious liberty resolutions that are expected to be proposed at the Georgia GOP convention that begins on Friday. One resolution, mimicking those offered at the GOP District conventions in April, is expected to call for passage of Senator Josh McKoon’s Senate Bill 129 without any amendments such as the one offered by Rep. Mike Jacobs last session that would effectively limit the ability of someone to use Georgia’s Religious Freedom Restoration act as a reason to refuse service to people protected by a federal, state, or local non discrimination law. Among those who would likely be protected are gay or lesbian couples planning to marry, and wanting products or services for their ceremonies.
Another group calling itself Georgia Republicans for the Future is mounting a push to include non-discrimination language in any bill passed by the General Assembly. And they plan to be vocal this weekend, with a full page ad in the Athens Banner Herald that includes this language:
The recent debate surrounding the religious liberty legislation has highlighted the diversity of opinion on both the national level and within our own party here in Georgia. It points the way for a common sense approach, one that is consistent with our values as conservatives while at the same time reaffirming our mission to treat others as we would want to be treated.
We strongly support nondiscrimination language in any religious liberty bill. The two objectives are not mutually exclusive. Both are true to our founding principles, and allow us to broaden the tent of our party.