Hunter Hill on Civil Rights
Removing Confederate monuments is not the solution
Racists and hate-filled ideologies represent ignorance and evil. Violence has no place in our society. Unfortunately, erasing hatred from our country is far more complicated than simply removing monuments in our communities.
Rather, we must understand the complexities of our past, while acknowledging and learning from our failures. Georgia's future relies on our willingness to work together despite the scars of our past."
Source: WABE on 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race
, Aug 16, 2017
Supports Religious Freedom Restoration Act
Gov. Nathan Deal has made it clear he would veto a Religious Freedom Restoration Act, which critics say is designed to discriminate against the LGBT community. Would Hill sign a RFRA into law if he were governor?
"I would sign into law the bill that looks like the religious liberty bill at the federal level that was enacted in the mid-'90s, the same bill that Gov. Deal voted on as a congressman," Hill said.
Source: Marietta Daily Journal on 2018 Georgia gubernatorial race
, Apr 28, 2017
Apply "religious liberty" to same-sex marriage
Gov. Nathan Deal vetoed the "religious liberty" bill that triggered a wave of criticism from gay rights groups and business leaders. In a press conference at the state Capitol, Deal said House Bill 757 doesn't reflect Georgia's welcoming image as a
state full of "warm, friendly and loving people"--and warned critics that he doesn't respond well to threats of payback for rejecting the measure.
The governor's veto infuriated religious conservatives who considered the measure,
House Bill 757, their top priority. Last year's Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex weddings galvanized their efforts. In stark terms, the governor said earlier this year that he would reject any measure that "allows discrimination in
our state in order to protect people of faith." Rooting his critique in biblical language, he urged fellow Republicans to "recognize that the world is changing."
Sen. Hill voted YES; passed Senate 37-18-1 Mar.16; passed House 104-65-11 Mar.16
Source: AJC on Georgia legislative voting records: HB 757
, Apr 9, 2016
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