More than 50 people gathered on the Capitol steps today to protest state lawmakers' inability to pass popular legislation that could pave the way for Sunday alcohol sales.
"Sunday sales is no different than the imam wanting sharia law in place," Shayna M. Steinfeld, one of the event's speakers, told the crowd.
Senate Republican leadership decided in a closed-door meeting last week not to bring Senate Bill 10, which would allow local communities to vote on the controversial issue, to the floor for a vote. Pressure from conservative Christians and fears over how a "yea" vote might impact their political careers apparently convinced lawmakers not to push the measure.
The small crowd was joined by other Sunday alcohol sales advocates -- as well as some state lawmakers, including: state Rep. Stephanie Stuckey-Benfield, D-Decatur; state Sen. John Bulloch, R-Ochlocknee; state Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain; and state Rep. Al Williams, D-Midway.