UCC Clergy and Laity Attend “Pride at the Capitol”

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by Rev. Kimble Sorrells

ATLANTA, GA – February 27, 2024 — Pride at the Capitol, hosted by HRC Atlanta and other community partners, was a day for the LGBTQ community and allies to speak out against harmful legislation under consideration in Georgia. Like many states, Georgia’s legislative session has seen an increased number of bills introduced that would be discriminatory or harmful to LGBTQ people.

Some bills that were introduced this year would limit bathroom access for trans youth, further limit healthcare access for trans youth, force educators to our students, and more. There is also a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) bill that could create a license to discriminate based on religion.

While there were almost 20 bills that were filed this session, the efforts of the day were focused on the three bills that were most likely to move forward in by cross-over day, the deadline by which a bill must pass from one house to the other to be considered for this session (Thursday, February 29th). At the end of crossover day, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act bill (SB 180) passed the Senate and will move on to the House for consideration, but other bills have not moved forward.

Rev. Matt Laney and Rev. Candace Rowell (both Virginia Highland Church), Rev. Thomas Mitchell and Rev. Kimble Sorrells (both Central Congregational Atlanta) and some members of Virginia Highland church at the Georgia State Capitol.