FADA Drives Telecom Company Out Of Georgia

Susan Macdonald

The First Amendment Defense Act (FADA), a recent anti-LGBT bill, passed the Georgia state senate by a vote of 38-14, according to the New Civil Rights Movement. FADA, also known as HB 757, is intended to protect those who for reasons of religious belief and conscience, might be forced to act in a way that made it appear they approved of what they consider immoral activities. Opponents of FADA claim it would legalize anti-LGBT discrimination. As a result, Decatur-based telecom company 373K has announced that if the governor signs FADA into law, they will relocate, as reported by Raw Story.

"It's directed towards churches, towards ministers, and towards organizations that provide adoptions and organizations that provide help to the homeless, and so forth."

Maggie Garrett, the Legislative Director of Americans United for Separation of Church and State, wrote an open letter to the state senate. The Legal Reader quoted Garrett as she pointed out many people could be affected by FADA: interracial families, LGBT couples, people in mixed marriages, Muslims, Jews.

"Just a few of the troubling real life consequences could include: a single mother and her child being denied safety at the domestic violence shelter; a hospital denying a man the opportunity to say goodbye to his dying husband; a cemetery corporation denying an interracial couple a shared cemetery plot; a restaurant refusing to allow a child's birthday party because his parents are divorced; or an unmarried couple and their child being denied a room at a hotel late at night after their car broke down."

"We believe that in order for Georgia businesses to compete for top talent, we must have workplaces and communities that are diverse and welcoming for all people, no matter one's race, sex, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity."

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