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Delta Soars High In Opposition to Anti-Gay Law

Delta Air Lines is urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would allow businesses and government works to deny services based on religious grounds.

Delta Air Lines is urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would allow businesses and government works to deny services based on religious grounds. File|Patch
Delta Air Lines is urging state lawmakers to reject legislation that would allow businesses and government works to deny services based on religious grounds. File|Patch

Could business interests influence Georgia lawmakers on the fate of pending bills that would allow businesses and government workers to deny services based on religious grounds?

Delta Air Lines is the first major business in Georgia to announce its opposition to two bills under consideration in the state Capitol that critics say would allow individuals to refuse service to gays and lesbians on the basis of religious convictions, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The sponsors of the bills say the legislation is aimed at protecting Georgians from government intrusion on religious freedom, says WGCL TV. Federal law now only protects religious freedom on the federal level, not the state level, proponents of the bill say.

The Georgia legislation is similar to a bill passed by the Arizona Legislature last week allowing any business, church or person to cite the law as a defense in any action brought by the government or individual claiming discrimination, says The Huffington Post. The Arizona bill, which has not been signed by the state’s governor, has caused a national uproar with the business community, the state's Super Bowl Committee and both Republican U.S. senators calling for a veto.

Delta’s website notes that it sponsors gay pride events around the country. The airline is “deeply concerned” about legislative proposals in both Georgia and Arizona that could harm people and result in job losses.

The Delta statement says: "As a global values-based company, Delta Air Lines is proud of the diversity of its customers and employees, and is deeply concerned about proposed measures in several states, including Georgia and Arizona, that would allow businesses to refuse service to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals. If passed into law, these proposals would cause significant harm to many people and will result in job losses. They would also violate Delta's core values of mutual respect and dignity shared by our 80,000 employees worldwide and the 165 million customers we serve every year. Delta strongly opposes these measures and we join the business community in urging state officials to reject these proposals."

James J MacInnis February 26, 2014 at 03:01 PM
Does anybody read the Constitution any more? Do they teach this any more in our "public" schools? Take the time to read the bill. Marriage is a term which seems to be the sticking point. This s a religious definition going back thousands of years. The US Government is a new comer trying to re-defiine it as a government "owned" word. The two are not the same. There is no comparison to racial and gender perceived definitions. It's about politicians looking for votes. Sad but true, and enjoy the fight!
jMichael February 26, 2014 at 03:40 PM
James. You would do well to read a history book or two, rather than leaving your historical analysis to radio shock jocks and FOX-fed Ditto-heads. Were you to do so you'd understand that the "definition of marriage" has been a constantly shifting embrace of circumstances, and a sometimes valued and sometimes dispensed with form of union. ........................................... ........................................................................................... "Marriage" is not a government-owned word. Rather, religious zealots are claiming it for themselves, and bellowing mightily to force it upon a decent citizenry. That these citizens are rejecting the zealot's pernicious mission to bend the United States Constitution to its own mean-spirited ends claims the high ground. ............................................................................... ........................................................................................... Practice your religion any way you wish, James. But for God's sake, keep it out of our family rooms, and out of our public schools, State Houses, and Congress.
James J MacInnis February 26, 2014 at 06:43 PM
jmichael, Really, is your definition of history- the last 5 years? Check out a few older history books out there
Cleon February 26, 2014 at 06:46 PM
There are two separate institutions of "marriage." There's religious marriage, and civic marriage. In religious marriage, you're free to do whatever the hell you want. No pastor's being forced to marry gay couples, just as no rabbi's being forced to marry interreligious couples. Civic marriage - the one that comes with tax benefits, hospital visitations, and so on - is not under any church or sect's control.
James J MacInnis February 26, 2014 at 06:57 PM
True Cleon, but the bottom line is one can believe in what one wants without government interference. What I'm saying is marriage is a religious function. Government certificates, legal unions, etc are government funtions - separation of church and state. But its not marriage and no pastor etc can be sued or forced to conduct what they feel is against there beliefs and the same is true for any individual whether they sell flowers, do wedding pictures or bake wedding cakes. They can refuse to participate!
jMichael February 26, 2014 at 08:02 PM
James. What your preacherman says or does is of no interest to any but his flock. What the florist does is of civic interest and is, therefore accountable to our Founding Documents, and to SCOTUS. You don't get to edit these; and neither does the pulpit.
jMichael February 26, 2014 at 08:04 PM
This just in: Republican Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer today vetoed a bill that would have allowed Arizona business owners to deny service to gays and lesbians.
Allah Tabul February 26, 2014 at 09:17 PM
This is bad, very bad. I want to open an Islamic bacon shop and deny service to blacks, Jews and Christians (and Indians - I do not like them either!) but the AZ veto will not help my cause here in Georgia. We must fight for the legal right to practice good Judeo-Christian values of discrimination based purely on superficial details, just as Jesus and Allah both make clear in the Holy Pages. WWJD? Not fly the friendly skies, my friend! Boom shakalaka Amen!
W AhContraire Chartier February 26, 2014 at 11:07 PM
Why not have a public dialog on the medical safety of Sodomy, gay or straight, and ask these two simple medical questions? That is, Doesn't the medical community recommend that you, "Wash your hands after you go to the bathroom."? Yet, now there are some in the medical community that now say it's OK to "Sleep with the waste that gets flushed down in the toilet?" and that it's possible to live a perfectly normal life. Twitter Handle: AhContraire
electric123 February 27, 2014 at 02:03 AM
I had a former co-worker who worked as CNA at a nursing home for elderly gay men, and daily had to use women tampons for these old gay men because they no longer had rectal muscles anymore and could not control their bowel movements any longer.
jMichael February 27, 2014 at 02:37 AM
A brief comment to W Ah and electric:...................................... When you are comtent to define your marriage by how widely you spread your wives' legs then you may be entitled to define the marriage of Adam and Steve by what they do in bed. Until then, gay marriage is defined by the gardening, the shopping, housekeeping, the family ties; by the birthdays and anniversaries, the promotions, bbqs, Saturday evening date nights, the weekenders, the ladder falls, the hand-holdings, the adult education classes, the pet care, and auto accidents that define straight marriages........................................................ ........................................................................................... Oh. One more thing. Thst 'nursing home story' is an urban legend spread from bigot to righteous bigot for the smarmy titilation of sick minds." ref: http://www.boxturtlebulletin.com/Articles/000,019.htm
Octo Slash February 27, 2014 at 08:27 AM
Ah yes, here we are, brewing up a fresh batch of stew. The ingredients are 1 'controversial issue' 2 opposing views based on religion or lack thereof 3 heaps of media stoking, until very hot We'll call this stew 'Social Issues Public Outrage' . Served best with a side of 'Media Fueled Fear Frenzy'. Gee, if I didn't know better I'd say it's an election year. They're playing us for the fools we are, folks. It's called DISTRACT FROM OBAMACARE AT ALL COSTS.
gpurs February 27, 2014 at 10:12 AM
Looks like Delta is o.k. with discrimination against Christianity and religious rights in favor of the vile and immoral.... Let us normal, good citizens remember this the next time we have to fly.
jMichael February 27, 2014 at 10:29 AM
gpurs: Try this. Delta is ok with civic decency, and the idea that we are all brothers, all created equal, all entitled to the persuit of happiness. They are not ok with bigots-under-cover-of-God. They won't miss you.
Harry Ball February 27, 2014 at 11:45 AM
Delta is going to promote a new campaign called "Sodomy in the Sky".
Taxpayer and voter March 04, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Looks like Harry hasn't ever heard of the Mile High Club. And gpurs, what the heck are you even talking about? Doesn't sound like you are "normal". Times have changed, get over yourself.
Taxpayer and voter March 05, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Harry poor Harry. Heteros have different types of sex, too.
electric123 March 06, 2014 at 01:49 AM
@JMichael, You are so blind with your views of perversion and bad behavior, you had better wake up and smell the coffee before you end up in the bigot nursing home.

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