Sen. Josh McKoon and Rep. Sam Teasley have refused to say how their religious “freedom” bills will be used in Georgia.
Instead, they continue to point to examples of alleged religious persecution that are already protected by the U.S. Constitution and the Georgia Constitution.
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But now we have solved the mystery!
By looking to Alabama we can learn exactly how religious “freedom” laws will be used as a weapon against same-sex marriage.
In Better Georgia executive director Bryan Long’s hometown of Troy, Ala., Probate Judge Wes Allen reveals the end game for Sen. McKoon and Rep. Teasley.
Same-sex couples are getting married in Alabama. But not in Pike County and a few other counties.
Judge Allen and a few other probate judges won’t issue a single gay marriage license. It’s not that Judge Allen refuses to conduct same-sex marriage ceremonies. No, he’s gone one step further and refuses to issue marriage licenses. Period.
He points to Alabama’s religious “freedom” law as his protection and defense: “Government shall not burden a person’s freedom of religion.”
Sound familiar? It should.
If the religion-as-an-excuse bills become law in Georgia, we will become even more like Alabama.
Judges across Georgia could go on strike when facing gay couples. They may pick and choose who is worthy of their time and attention and who isn’t.
Instead of having one set of rules for all of Georgia, we will have a different set of rules for every judge based on their “deeply held religious beliefs” and whether they believe doing their job equally for everyone is a burden.
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These religious “freedom” bills are toxic.
These bills will lead to unending litigation over whose religious beliefs outweigh those of others.
Alabama is already showing us the future. All we have to do is watch.