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Georgia’s governor signs 3 anti-LGBTQ bills to aid his re-election bid

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Gov. Brian Kemp and Mike Pence Photo: Brian Kemp’s Facebook page In a bid to prove his conservative credentials and win re-election against his far-right opponents, Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) signed three anti-LGBTQ bills today.

The bills and their effects are as follows: H.B. 1084 (the “Protect Students First Act”) bans so-called critical race theory from schools and establishes a committee that could ban trans athletes from school sports; H.B. 1178 (the “Parents’ Bill of Rights”) allows parents to challenge any material taught in schools, including LGBTQ content; and S.B. 226 bans “offensive” books from school libraries, including ones with queer content.

Related: Giorgi Tabagari is fighting for LGBTQ rights in Georgia : “Let’s hope it doesn’t get me killed”

The bills mirror similar legislation introduced by Republicans around the country. Collectively, these bills have built an election season narrative that Democrats and leftist activists are indoctrinating public school children against parents’ wishes.

Kemp confirmed this narrative when signing the bills into law on Thursday, stating, “We put students and parents first by putting woke politics out the classroom and off the ball field.”

“Gov. Kemp surely knows that there is no basis for this legislation,” the Human Rights Campaign’s Georgia […]

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