Target: Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
Goal: Applaud the veto of a bill that would give businesses in Georgia a license to deny services on the basis of sexuality.
Legalized discrimination against LGBT people has been vetoed by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal thanks in part to petitions like ForceChange’s Prevent Anti-LGBT Discrimination in Georgia. The bill would have legally allowed businesses and non-profits in Georgia to deny services to LGBT people, as well as protected religious groups from penalty if they practice discrimination in employment because of religious reasons.
The bill was allegedly supposed to protect religious freedom, but in the end many saw it for what it truly was–a bill meant to legalize discrimination against LGBT people and to further an anti-LGBT agenda. Many public figures and businesses let it be known that they would refuse to do business or work in Georgia if the bill became law.
A clear message was sent that this discriminatory bill would cause horrific damage to the LGBT population in Georgia. Applaud the successful fight against this anti-LGBT bill.
Dear Governor Deal,
I’m writing to applaud you for vetoing the bill that would have given businesses and non-profits in Georgia a license to deny services on the basis of sexuality and legalized discrimination against LGBT people. Many tried to say this bill was meant to protect religious freedom, but this was definitely not the issue at stake.
As a country, we’ve made great strides in protecting LGBT individuals from this kind of hate and discrimination. Bills and initiatives like this will not be tolerated and have no place in the U.S. I hope that you continue to stand against discrimination for a more inclusive Georgia.
[Your Name Here]
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