Jeb Bush Shows Support for ‘Religious Freedom’ Legislation

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Former Governor Jeb Bush expressed support for “religious freedom” protections in states across the country that would put LGBT Americans and other minority groups at risk of discrimination. During an appearance in Atlanta Thursday, Bush was asked about a bill that recently passed the Georgia State Senate that would allow people to use their religion to challenge or opt out of various laws—including local laws in Atlanta and other cities—that protect LGBT people and other minorities from discrimination in employment, housing, and public accommodations. That proposal would allow businesses to refuse service to same-sex couples, a paramedic to refuse to provide life-saving services to an LGBT person, or a school counselor to refuse services to an LGBT teenager. Bush expressed support for new “protections” that would come from legislation like Georgia’s that would legalize discrimination under the guise of so-called religious liberty. Currently, there are 70 bills pending in 23 states that are considering dangerous religious refusal legislation like it. [HRC]

 

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