Georgia, Mississippi Follow Arizona by Blocking Bills Seen as Anti-Gay

Proposals hit roadblocks less than a day after similar legislation was vetoed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer

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Correction appended: Feb. 27, 2014, 11:30 p.m. E.T.

Less than 24 hours after Arizona’s governor vetoed a bill that had been criticized as anti-gay, similar legislation in Georgia and Mississippi are hitting new roadblocks.

Georgia state senator Josh McKoon conceded on Thursday that support for his religious-freedom bill is evaporating, 11Alive Atlanta reports. He told the Huffington Post that a committee vote on his legislation, previously scheduled for next Monday, has been taken off the calendar. McKoon said his bill merely protects religious rights of Georgia residents, but critics argued it would allow business owners to refuse services to gays based on religious beliefs.

In Mississippi, the state House of Representatives Civil Subcommittee stripped key provisions on Wednesday that had been attacked by the ACLU as discriminatory. The organization said the legislation would allow for even broader discrimination than the SB 1062 bill that was vetoed in Arizona, according to the Mississippi Business Journal.

Lawmakers in several other states, including Missouri, Illinois, South Dakota, Oregon and Hawaii, have proposed legislation that would also permit refusal of services to homosexual residents.

An earlier version of the headline misstated Jan Brewer’s political office. She is the governor of Arizona, not a Senator.

8 comments
ThomasHall
ThomasHall

That Republican-controlled legislatures continue abuse their power in office to pass these discriminatory laws, anti-birth control bills, voter suppression laws, election-rigging gerrymandering laws that water down minority and Democratic voting strength, pas more lax gun legislation, more lax environmental laws, fewer individual rights protections shows just how dull, bigoted, and selfish these working class Americans are that ultimately hurt themselves and the rest of the country.

Evo1
Evo1

This has nothing to do with religious freedom. Anyone who claims that it does is a disgusting liar of the worst kind. There is nothing more un-Christian than the hateful discrimination that these fake Christians are advocating. Jesus didn't hang out with "good church-going people", he spent his time with exactly the kinds of people that today's false Christians so abhor. And he charged all those who claim to follow him to do the same. Especially if you think these people are sinners, then the last thing you are called to do as Christians is to turn them away. Jesus instructed you in no uncertain terms to show them compassion and hospitality, to serve as examples of love and forgiveness to them in His name. Anyone who supports the hateful disgrace that was this law, and anything like it, is as anti-Christian as one can be, and is simply spitting on every concept of Christianity, and on Jesus Christ himself.

mary.waterton
mary.waterton

@Evo1  

You are the Anti-Christian. Jesus ate with sinners, but He never wallowed in sin with them ... nor does He ask His followers to wallow in sin in the name of "luv". Demanding that Christians participate in a "homosexual wedding" (ex: Elane Photography in NM, Sweet Cakes by Melissa in OR) under penalty of law crosses the line of what is right and reasonable ... especially since there are non-Christians willing to provide the service! You can keep your dope-smoking peace-and-luv dashboard "Jesus" manufactured by Satan Inc.  I prefer the real Jesus, the God of the Universe, who taught a gospel vastly different from the false one you are preaching.

yvonwest007
yvonwest007

@mary.waterton

From Mark 2:17 : "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." But is there a point if the sick call themselves healthy and sinners perceive themselves as blameless?

We live in an age of confusion.

small_axe
small_axe

@mary.waterton  Besides how hateful you are, your ignorance is astounding.


You equate selling a cake to a gay couple to participation in the wedding.


So that means that anyone who sells anything to anyone is participating in what they do with said thing when it is used? Are you really that completely out of your mind?


If a hardware store sells glue to someone who then uses it as a drug and sniffs it and gets high, the hardware store participated in that action? BS.


Rather, even if as you say, homosexuality is a sin, still the bakery has nothing to do with it. The cake is as faultless as the glue was. It is neither the hardware store owner's, nor the baker's fault if the products they sell are misused.


You don't have a leg to stand on. Just cowardly hate. The worst kind. You don't even have the courage to admit what a piece of sht you are. Hiding behind an absurd interpretation of religious freedom.


God dmn you to hell.

DeweySayenoff
DeweySayenoff

@mary.waterton

Judge not, least ye be judged, Mary.  Your self-righteous arrogance is reminiscent of Satan more than Christ.  It would appear you, yourself, are steeped in the sins of pride.  And here you are, casting stones.

You are a CINO - a Christian in Name Only. 

Your attitudes belie more hatred and intolerance than anything of a Christian nature.  You are one of those folks who hide behind a contrived religion, cherry-picked for your convenience as a rationalization to justify the hate and intolerance that you have always felt of anything not like you.  It's a shield so you can lie about the true condition of your soul by pretending your hates are somehow about you being holier than anyone else.

It's also very possible that you, yourself, are a homosexual, and your hatred is merely an outward manifestation of the self-loathing you feel thanks to being taught that homosexuals are somehow not also God's children.  Considering the hundreds of anti-gay crusaders who have been caught in homosexual affairs, and how people who are brainwashed by the passed-on prejudices of family and friends find their thoughts betraying their true nature and have to hide it from them, the kind of over-the-top crap you pulled here tonight is indicative of some very deep-seated feelings that are most certainly NOT religious in nature.

Get some help, Mary.  You need to spend less time meddling with what other people do and more time figuring out why you are so hateful against people who have done you no wrong at all. 

TomPiper
TomPiper

@small_axe @mary.waterton Unfortunately the people like Mary may already be doomed to "hell". Maybe folks like Mary will truly find Jesus before it's too late but I'm not sure it will ever happen.

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