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Mike Bowers Calls For A “Swift Death” To Georgia Religious Freedom Bills

The former Georgia attorney general, who defended the state’s sodomy ban, releases a scathing memo opposing proposed religious freedom bills in the state.

Erik S. Lesser / Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The former attorney general of Georgia, Mike Bowers, on Tuesday released a scathing seven-page memo detailing why proposed religious freedom legislation in the state “is deserving of a swift death.”

BuzzFeed News, which reported on Bowers’ plans over the weekend, obtained a copy of his full memorandum on Tuesday. Bowers, who defended the state’s sodomy ban when attorney general, was to announce his conclusions about the legislation at at a 10:30 a.m. Tuesday news conference in Georgia.

Key portions of Bowers’ analysis, starting with where he says the unstated aim of the legislation is to “authorize discrimination”:

He then notes that the timing of the bills makes it “irrational” to accept that they are not a “inextricably intertwined” with marriage equality legalization:

Bowers notes that the legislation would apply to corporations, as well as people:

He then writes about the broad possible effects of the legislation:

He cautions that Georgia courts could interpret the bill differently than federal courts:

This is how Bowers concludes:

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Chris Geidner is the legal editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, D.C. In 2014, Geidner won the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association award for journalist of the year.
Contact Chris Geidner at chris.geidner@buzzfeed.com.
 
 

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