Public Opposition Grows as Georgia Legislature Considers Anti-LGBTQ Adoption BillBy Shane Stahl • February 28, 2018 • 12:46 pm
Following the passage of an adoption bill in Georgia that discriminates against LGBTQ people, public opposition has become more and more vocal, with major Hollywood players and community voices weighing in on the issue.
SB 375, which last week passed through the Georgia Senate, would allow adoption agencies, including those funded by taxpayer dollars, to refuse to place a child with an LGBTQ individual or couple by claiming a religious or moral exemption. This would have a detrimental effect on the nearly 13,000 children in Georgia’s adoption and foster care systems, and only prolong wait times for these children to be placed in loving forever homes. Freedom for All Americans is proud to work with Georgia Unites Against Discrimination to defeat this bill.
Dustin Lance Black, Academy Award-winning writer of Milk, tweeted:
This “solution” in search of problem (where none exists) could create real problems for the working people of #Georgia when businesses deem the state too intolerant to call it their home. https://t.co/bZRwseY8fu
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) February 26, 2018
Daniel Newman of The Walking Dead, which shoots in Georgia, encouraged others to join him on March 1 for a lobby day at the Georgia capitol:
GEORGIA! Come join me & my #WALKINGDEAD CAST MATES Marching Against ANTI #LGBTQ BILL this Thursday March 1st! Sign up on Link NOW❤ @gaequality : www.GEORGIAEQUALITY.org @FOX5Atlanta @cnnbrk @GaHouseHub @KeishaBottoms @governordeal @amazon @jeffbezos @delta @ups @gastate @ugadeltagamma @patricksaunderswrites @GoodDayAtlanta #SB375 @theoriginalbigdaddy @tylerperry #lgbt #lgbtq @glaad @hrcatl @humanrightscampaign
Others adding their voice to the chorus of disappointment include Emmy Award-winner Bradley Whitford, saying, “we shouldn’t be pouring millions of dollars into a state that codifies hate.” Additional support came from the following:
The @AtlantaDream‘s @Layshiac says it’s “heartbreaking” to see Georgia attempting to shut #LGBT couples out of the adoption process. She’s hoping Georgia can remain a place where all types of families feel welcome. Like + RT if you’re with Layshia. #stopSB375 #gapol pic.twitter.com/mHY8kv7ib1
— Georgia Unites (@GeorgiaUnites) February 26, 2018
I deleted my original because of a typo. Here it is again:
— Katherine Fugate (@katherinefugate) February 26, 2018
The bill now goes to the House for a full floor vote. Georgia Unites Against Discrimination, the campaign to win statewide non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in the Peach State, is holding a lobby day on March 1 starting at 1:00 PM to rally against passage of the legislation. Visit them to learn more about the campaign, and how you can participate in making Georgia an open and welcoming state.