A Colorado high-tech multimillionaire backing LGBT activism warns that his foundation will “ punish the wicked ”—those who oppose the political agenda advanced in the name of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
Tim Gill created the Gill Foundation with a $300 million endowment to promote LGBT legislation. The foundation, based in Denver, has worked against religious freedom measures since 1994. “It’s the religious right that decided to make marriage an issue. They worked tirelessly on it for decades, and they lost,” Gill said in a recent interview in Rolling Stone magazine.
After the 2015 Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, which legalized same-sex marriage in all 50 states, Gill focused on defeating religious liberty legislation.
Recently, he fought against the proposed Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA, in Georgia. The measure would have prevented the government from intervention in religious practice without a compelling governmental interest.
To defeat the legislation, Gill founded Georgia Prospers, which orchestrated protests in the state. Georgia Prospers also drafted an opposition petition for major Georgia businesses, such as Coca-Cola, to protest the RFRA.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, ultimately vetoed the bill.
Gill’s involvement started with an amendment to the Colorado Constitution, known commonly as Initiative 2, according to an interview he gave at Yale University. Initiative 2, which was passed but later overturned in court, proposed that no state law could assign protected status for sexual orientation. Read more via Newsweek