Category:  Politics

ACLU: ‘Religious freedom’ bill wrong for Georgia

The ACLU of Georgia came out against a 'religious freedom' bill introduced in the state Senate, criticizing the measure for giving people 'a license to discriminate' against others.    READ MORE »

Fight over ‘religious freedom’ bill opens in Senate

A controversial 'religious freedom' bill began its churn through the Georgia Senate on Wednesday with its sponsor making it clear he doesn't want other lawmakers to tinker with it.    READ MORE »

Gov. Deal dismisses new ‘religious freedom’ bill

A controversial 'religious freedom' bill introduced Tuesday is already igniting debate at the Georgia Capitol. But a spokesperson for Gov. Nathan Deal said lawmakers shouldn't bother: He'll veto this one too.    READ MORE »

Ga. Republicans launch ‘religious freedom’ fight

A group of 19 Georgia lawmakers – all Republicans – opened another round in the controversial 'religious freedom' fight by introducing legislation that has ignited national controversy and a veto.    READ MORE »

Lawmaker wants to reform Georgia’s HIV laws

A Marietta Republican is sponsoring a measure to examine the state’s HIV criminalization laws, which advocates argue are outdated and stigmatize people with HIV.    READ MORE »

Meet the gay teacher running for Atlanta City Council

A gay educator has launched a campaign for the Atlanta City Council, hoping to win the District 6 post that includes portions of Midtown and has been represented by an LGBT person for 20 years.    READ MORE »

Karen Handel finds ‘compassion’ for LGBT people

Karen Handel – the former Georgia Secretary of State who took anti-LGBT positions during past campaigns for higher office – struck a compassionate tone as she joined a crowded field in the 6th District race.    READ MORE »

Bills expanding medical marijuana get early OKs

Two bills concerning medical marijuana, including one that expands eligibility to people with HIV, moved forward last week in the state House and Senate.    READ MORE »

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Lawmakers probe HIV impact on black Georgians

State lawmakers joined with LGBT and HIV activists on Thursday to hold a public hearing exploring the impact of the HIV epidemic among black Georgians.    READ MORE »

Senate Democrats unveil ‘historic’ LGBT civil rights bill

Democrats in the Georgia Senate formally unveiled a sweeping civil rights bill that would protect LGBT people and others from discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations.    READ MORE »

Bullying bill would protect LGBT students in Ga.

A bill introduced by a metro Atlanta state lawmaker would better protect LGBTQ students form bullying and expand what's prohibited to include other forms of intimidation.    READ MORE »

Josh McKoon: LGBT opponents make ‘empty threats’

Sen. Josh McKoon made another push for 'religious freedom' legislation, invoking the Super Bowl, dismissing critics as 'empty threats' and humbly describing a sweeping anti-LGBT bill as 'modest.'    READ MORE »

Bill protects LGBT students in Ga. private schools

A bill sponsored by a metro Atlanta lawmaker would prevent discrimination in hiring or admissions for private schools in Georgia that benefit from a publicly subsidized student scholarship program.    READ MORE »

Mayor Reed: LGBTs ‘essential part’ of Atlanta

Mayor Kasim Reed asserted that Atlanta will continue to support its LGBT residents, a population he called a 'great asset' and 'essential part' of the city's diversity.    READ MORE »

Senator introduces civil rights bill protecting LGBT Georgians

A Georgia state lawmaker introduced a sweeping civil rights bill on Thursday that would protect LGBT people against discrimination in housing, public accommodations and employment.    READ MORE »

Sam Park ready to be Gold Dome bridge builder

State Rep. Sam Park – a rookie lawmaker and Georgia's first openly gay male one – is ready to fight anti-LGBT proposals. But he'd rather lean on his background as a gay Korean and Christian to build bridges.    READ MORE »

Georgia Senate fires salvo in ‘religious freedom’ fight

Republican lawmakers in the Georgia Senate proposed constitutional protections to allow religious groups to receive public aid, the start of what could be the latest fight over anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' legislation.    READ MORE »

Josh McKoon won’t seek re-election to Georgia Senate

The Republican state lawmaker who has lobbied, fought and cajoled in support of anti-LGBT 'religious freedom' legislation at the State Capitol announced on Monday that he won't seek re-election.    READ MORE »

Push from Georgia Democrats leaves out LGBT bill

Democrats in the Georgia House announced a legislative push, introducing measures to protect voting rights, expand Medicaid and support military families. But their priorities didn't include an LGBT-inclusive civil rights bill.    READ MORE »

Bill expands Georgia’s cannabis law to include HIV

People with HIV and AIDS might find themselves eligible to receive medical marijuana if Georgia lawmakers pass a proposal that expands the list of medical conditions that can be treated with it.    READ MORE »