Georgia Civil Rights for All bill, Legislative Action Network Alert


Legislative Action Network – February 6, 2017

SB 119 – Civil Rights for All legislation


State Senate:

– Asking to SUPPORT: SB 119 – Civil Rights for All legislation Civil Rights for All legislation – This bill would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in regard to public services, accommodations, employment, and housing.

Sponsors: Lester Jackson (bill author), Vincent Fort, Horacena Tate, Valencia Seay, Steve Henson, Michael “Doc’ Rhett

 

– Contact:

Athens State Senators:

Sen. Bill Cowsert(404) 463-1366

Sen. Frank Ginn – (404) 656-4700

 

– Talking Points:

  • This legislation is pro-business. It will help Georgia attract more companies who are concerned about protecting their employees, customers, and business interests.
  • This legislation will help Georgia attract more revenue-creating special events such as the Super Bowl, the ACC Championship, and business conferences.
  • Georgia is one of only three states that have no laws barring employers from discriminating on the basis of race or religion.
  • We’re one of only five that have a similarly lax stance toward race- and faith-based discrimination in public places.
  • And—because our laws lack any civil rights protections for LGBT people—gay and transgender Georgians can be fired, evicted and denied service in public places like parks, malls and restaurants because of your sexual orientation or gender identity.

 

– Script:

“Hello, my name is ________ and I live in _______.
I’m calling to ask Senator ___________ to support SB 119, the Civil Rights for All legislation.  Right now, Georgia is one of only three states that have no laws barring employers from discriminating on the basis of race or religion. Georgia is one of only five that have a similarly lax stance toward race- and faith-based discrimination in public places. And because there are no state or federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, they are the most vulnerable. Right now, the average Georgian is significantly more susceptible to discrimination than the average U.S. citizen, SB 119 will fix that. Please ask Senator _________ to add his support.

Thank you for your time.”

 

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