Dozens protest Religious Freedom bill in Macon

MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Dozens of Macon-Bibb County residents are upset with House Bill 757, commonly known as the Religious Freedom bill.

Several people met at the Macon-Bibb Government Center at noon Thursday to show their opposition for the controversial bill. The number grew later in the day.

HB 757 has passed the state House and Senate already. These residents can’t believe it has this much support.

Though small in number, their message is big.

“I believe in love. I believe in equality and I believe this bill stands for neither one of those things so it needs to go,” said protester Anna Hagemeyer.

One man traveled from Columbus for the cause.

“I came to Macon, Georgia to stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community and allied community,” said Steve Gill.

HB 757 would let religious leaders decline to perform a sacrament, like marriage, if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.

“It just shows how our state feels about this. Living in Georgia and being openly queer, I have a problem with that. I was raised in this state and I feel not respected,” said Morgan Lami, a student at Wesleyan College.

Supporters of the bill claim people shouldn’t be punished for denying a service to someone because they believe a certain way.

“It really begs the question, what are they afraid of? Why are they so anxious? What are they so confused about? Could they please take their anxiety, and their confusion, and their fear and not inflict this upon other people,” asked Gill.

Protesters started at the Macon-Bibb Government Center and marched to the Bibb County Courthouse. The protest lasted six hours, but for those who attended it was worth the cause.

“Everybody always has to hate on somebody and right now, it’s the homosexuals. People just can’t accept what’s different,” said Lami.

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