Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Message Received

The state legislature in Georgia was on the verge of passing their own version of the Arizona law codifying gay-bashing, but got cold feet.

One of the most controversial bills considered by the state House this year is likely dead for the session. However, a companion bill in the Senate remains alive.

Critics of House Bill 1023, or The Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, say it would allow private business owners to cite their religious beliefs as a reason to deny service to gay customers.

The bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee. After two packed subcommittee meetings in recent weeks, Judiciary Chair Wendell Willard, R-Sandy Springs, says more vetting is needed on the bill. He says it likely won’t make Monday’s Crossover Day deadline, the date in which legislation must be approved by at least one chamber to remain alive.

“Can’t see it happening. It came in rather late in the session. Too many proponents and opponents,” said Willard.

It looks like they saw what was happening in Arizona and thought better of it.  It’s a convenient way to get out of a sticky situation.

Courage is measured by doing the right thing, not by not doing the wrong thing.  But we’ll take what we can get.