Brad Smith (jesus_h_biscuit) wrote,
Brad Smith

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"You should be here right now, you helped make this happen and you're part of it."

I just got off the phone with a very excited Allen Thornell, executive director of Georgia Equality. I had to, I was to excited not to and I wanted to share in this moment with him. He was very happy that I called! Wherever he was, there was a lot of hooting and hollering going on in the background. He's just as excited as we are, and said to tell all of the people he met at the meeting hello and thanks for the support. He said that this thing WILL go through reconsideration, that the sponsors are definitely going to be asking for it. So that's going to happen sometime around next week, maybe Monday or Wednesday possibly in the House Rules Committee. I told him that we all loved him and that we would never forget the work he had done to make this happen.

For the people here in Columbus, call your State Representatives and voice your opposition to SR 595 and explain why you think this proposed amendment is so damaging to every citizen in Georgia. For us here in Columbus, they are:

  • Carolyn Hughley:

    Capitol Email Address:
    Capitol Web Address: ...
    Capitol Address
    614 Legislative Office Building
    Atlanta, GA 30334
    Phone: 404-656-3947

    District Address - Columbus
    4019 Steam Mill Road
    Columbus, GA 31907
    Phone: 706-687-4327
    Fax: 706-687-5582

  • Debbi Buckner

    Capitol Web Address: ...

    Capitol Address
    511 Legislative Office Building
    Atlanta, GA 30334
    Phone: 404-656-6372
    Fax: 404-651-8086

    District Address - Junction City
    Route 1 Box 76
    Junction City, GA 31812
    Phone: 706-269-3630

  • For everyone else in the state, go to, type in your zip code, and find out who you need to call and/or fax - and then do it.

I'm going to get in contact with Rabbi Tom Freidman and ask him to write a letter opposing the amendment and send it to Allen. If anyone knows of any church leaders, pastors, or congregants that would be willing to do the same, PLEASE let me know and try to get that ball rolling ASAP.

This is a big step in the right direction for us, and I personally feel very accomplished for making all of the calls, faxes, and emails to countless senators and representatives these past two weeks. I feel like a lot of energy has paid off, and though I know there is more to come, I feel good about where we are right now. This sets a precedent to all other states that Georgia, the buckle of the Bible belt, is not in favor of discriminating politicians.

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