ADVANCE FOR SUNDAY, JAN. 6 - A ray of sunlight in cast across a door handle on the Senate Floor of the Georgia State Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, in Atlanta. A more Republican General Assembly will convene in mid-January facing a familiar challenge: How to absorb increasing health care costs in a state budget continually short on revenue. Medicaid questions, specifically the renewal of an expiring tax on hospitals' patient revenue, will dominate the session. But there's no shortage of intrigue on education policy, gun laws in the wake of a Connecticut shooting, and the political structure of a state Senate that looks to emerge from dysfunction. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

In Georgia: Protect Small Businesses

In Georgia, State Rep. Kevin Tanner has introduced some really common sense legislation that is already being opposed by gay rights lobbyists.

The legislation, H.B. 756, does just one thing. The bill is so cleanly written that I do not even need to paraphrase it for it. It simply says

No sole proprietor, partner in a business partnership, or statutory close corporation shall be required to sell goods or services directly to a religious organization or for a religious or matrimonial ceremony in violation of such seller’s right to free exercise of religion under the Constitution of this state or of the United States.

That’s it. It does not allow for discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation. All it says is that a small business does not have to provide goods and services to a religious organization or religious or marital ceremony if doing so violates the seller’s right to free exercise of his religion.

In other words, the legislation allows small business owners to live and let live and say yes or no without the state bullying them into doing something that violates their conscience.

Needless to say, the tolerance crowd is intolerant of this and the state Republican leaders are rallying to block it because they’re getting big dollars to block it. If you live in Georgia, I hope you will use the form below to support small businesses in Georgia.

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Erick Erickson

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