Published Online: February 9, 2016
Published in Print: February 10, 2016, as Georgia Bill Supports Athletes' Religious Attire

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Georgia Bill Supports Athletes' Religious Attire

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A House committee in Georgia has approved a bill preventing state-funded high schools from joining athletic associations that don't allow athletes to wear clothing expressing religious beliefs.

The measure approved last week by the education committee is a swipe at the Georgia High School Association. Several lawmakers cited a high school runner disqualified from an association event last fall. He was wearing a headband with a Bible verse written on it.

The organization has said the student was disqualified because all athletes must be in uniform, with no other adornments, under national athletic-association rules.

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