Atlanta’s Temple Sinai member Andy Bauman, who represents Sandy Springs’ 6th District on the City Council, is proud of the decade-old city’s record of nondiscrimination, and he doesn’t want to see that position change in light of House Bill 757, the religious liberty legislation the Georgia General Assembly last week sent to Gov. Nathan Deal.
H.B. 757 is “a thinly veiled and shameful attempt to sanction discrimination,” Bauman said in a statement Monday, March 21.
In addition to joining calls from business leaders, rabbis and the LGBT community for Deal to veto the bill on the grounds that it would legalize discrimination on religious grounds, Bauman called for Sandy Springs to adopt a formal policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and promoting equal employment opportunity.
“This is not just a moral and legal issue, it is an economic imperative,” the statement reads. “Economic Development is one of our City’s adopted priorities, and I am proud Sandy Springs is home to many Fortune 500 and multi-national corporations. These companies have brought thousands of jobs and prestige to our City and many, if not most, have policies that speak unambiguously against any form of discrimination. We owe it to the business community to stand with them in support of those values.”