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Michael Bowers: “Religious Liberty” Bills Are “Ill-conceived, Unnecessary, Mean-Spirited”

posted on February 25, 2015

At the Atlanta Journal Constitution, Jim Galloway and Greg Bluestein report on former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers’ blistering critique of the state’s proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act. While supporters see the proposal as a defense against government encroachment on religious freedoms, critics argue that it might allow discrimination in employment and services. Bowers, who in the 1980s argued in the Supreme Court to uphold anti-sodomy laws, is an unlikely critic; however, he argues, “This isn’t about gay marriage. It’s not about religious freedom. It’s about the rule of law. And I feel really, really strongly about it.”

Read at Atlanta Journal Constitution