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July 1, 2016

Keep Faith in Sports

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Last year, I – along with folks across our state – was shocked and outraged at the news of a Georgia high school athlete being disqualified from competition for wearing a headband with a Bible verse written on it.

It is simply unacceptable for organizations like the Georgia High School Association that receive public funds to discriminate against students who are expressing sincere religious beliefs in a way that is protected by state and federal constitutional law.

That’s why I was proud to have supported Senate Bill 309, which goes into effect as law today.

Senate Bill 309 simply states that high schools receiving state funding cannot participate in an athletic association that prohibits religious expression on students’ clothing.

This legislation ensures that our student athletes are protected from discrimination on religious grounds.

I’m proud of the work we’ve done to protect Georgia’s student athletes.