Georgia Governor Vetoes Religious Liberty Bill
Georgia’s Governor Nathan Deal on monday would vetoe Religious Liberty Bill passed by the state legislature which criticism from gay rights groups and business leaders. The Republican announced his decision during news conference
Georgia’s top office. In a press conference, Deal discussed the outcomes that bill was meant by its supporters to protect against, such as forcing a clergyman to officiate a same-sex wedding, or a business to cater at it.
Accroding to the ajc news, The bill’s opponents said it excused discrimination and could trample local ordinances protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Republican majorities passed the bill to broadly protect people whose actions were rooted in their religion. It also would have protected clergy who won’t perform gay marriages and people who won’t attend a wedding for religious reasons.
Deal said, “I do not respond very well to insults or to threats.” But he acknowledged that Georgia should be a place people want to live and work, and he would not support a law that countered that principle. Churches and affiliated
religious groups could have used their faith as an argument for refusing to serve or hire someone.
The Republican announced his decision during a news conference in his office at the Georgia Capitol, saying, “I have examined the protections that this bill proposes to provide to the faith based community and I can find no examples of any of those circumstances occurring in our state.”
Coca-Cola and other big-name Georgia companies joined the NFL, prominent Hollywood figures and film studios urging Deal to reject the proposal. Some threatened to boycott the state if Deal didn’t veto. Deal, in his second and final term, heatedly said that those threats and questions about “my convictions and my character” from some in the religious community were misguided. “Our people work side by side without regard to the color of our skin, or the religion we adhere to. We are working to make life better for our families and our communities. That is the character of Georgia. I intend to do my part to keep it that way,” he said. “For that reason, I will veto HB 757.”