Telecom company leaves Georgia after Senate passes anti-gay bill

Telecom company leaves Georgia after Senate passes anti-gay bill February 21, 2016

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The Georgia Senate recently passed a highly controversial bill that essentially legalizes LGBTQ discrimination (named the “First Amendment Defense Act” or FADA). According to Americans United for the Separation of Church and State FADA: “allows any individual or ‘faith-based’ business, non-profit entity, or taxpayer-funded organization to ignore any law that conflicts with their religious beliefs about marriage.”

Well this sounds pretty terrible and it only needs to be passed by the Georgia House before it comes a law. If this bill becomes a law, people could legally refuse to bake a cake for a same-sex marriage or even deny a child to be adopted by a same-sex couple.

One major Telecom company, 373K, Inc., announced via Twitter that it will be relocating after hearing about this bill being passed:

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373K, Inc co-founder Kelvin Williams had this to say about his company leaving the state:

“We don’t tolerate that crap.”

“I’m gay, our CFO is gay, we have people from every walk of life working here. I’ve got Muslims, Buddhists, atheists here. We’ve got great Christians working for us. They’ve never thought of not serving anyone – that’s not the message of Christ.”

Wow, strong and encouraging words by Mr. Williams! This “First Amendment Defense Act” sounds atrocious and the state Senators and those who elected them should be ashamed of themselves. The year 2016 has no place for this kind of absurd legislation and such blatant bigotry is going to have consequences.

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