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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."

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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