Sen. Jordan fights against discrimination

FEBRUARY 24, 2018

The Georgia Senate passed a bill Friday that critics say would give state sanction to adoption agencies that discriminate against same-sex couples.

“Why in the world do we need this statute?” asked Sen. Jen Jordan (D-Cobb County), who just won a special election to the state senate. She directed the question to the bill’s sponsor during debate Friday.

Republican Sen. William Ligon (R-Brunswick) argued that state law needs to protect church-based entities that may choose not to adopt children to same sex couples. As they argued, a half dozen members of the House of Representatives stood in the senate chamber and watched – many of them gay or lesbian.

“What I’m more concerned about is the imprimateur of the state basically saying that folks can discriminate against some of our Georgians,” Jordan told Ligon.

The discrimination argument echoes through the Capitol regularly on religious freedom bills. — 11Alive

Jennifer Jordan