AU Legislative Director Maggie Garrett joined more than 300 people at the Georgia Capitol at a victory rally celebrating Governor Nathan Deal's veto of HB 757, a bill that would have sanctioned discrimination based on religious beliefs. According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Tuesday's rally was meant as "both a 'thank you' to Deal and a plea for like-minded supporters to stay united over the legislative off-season."
“Americans United is a strong supporter of religious freedom. But this bill isn’t really about religious freedom," said Garrett to the gathering hosted by Georgia Unites Against Discrimination. "Religious freedom means the right to believe and practice your religion. It does not mean the right to use religion to discriminate. And it does not mean the right to harm other people.”
Other speakers included Jeff Graham of Georgia Equality, Ronald Cato of Georgia Republicans for the Future, Mark Moskowitz of the Anti-Defamation League, Simone Bell of Lambda Legal, Ames Simmons of the Human Rights Campaign, Rebecca Stapel-Wax of SOJOURN, and Rev. William Flippen of the Georgia NAACP.
For a variety pictures from attendees, click here.