Georgia House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams condemned newly introduced legislation that would bar Muslim women from wearing certain types of religious headwear when posing for a Georgia driver’s license. H.B. 3 also makes wearing such headwear while driving a criminal act.
“This offensive and bigoted legislation is a direct result of the rhetoric we heard during Donald Trump’s Islamophobic Presidential campaign,” said Leader Stacey Abrams. “During the past legislative session, the Georgia House Democratic Caucus stood firmly against legislation that would have enshrined discrimination in to our laws under the guise of religious freedom. Now, in that same spirit, we will reaffirm our commitment to fighting back against legislation that harms the free exercise of religion and singles out any community in our state. In the era of an impending administration that traffics in xenophobia and flouts the 1st Amendment, we cannot afford to be silent when Georgians’ constitutionally protected rights are threatened.”