Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to veto ‘religious liberty’ bill

by Ralph Ellis and Emanuella Grinberg  |  published on March 29, 2016

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Under increasing pressure from major corporations that do business in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Monday he will veto a bill that critics say would have curtailed the rights of Georgia’s LGBT community.

House Bill 757 would have given faith-based organizations in Georgia the option to deny services and jobs to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Supporters said the measure was meant to protect religious freedom, while opponents have described it as “anti-LGBT” and “appalling.”

Speaking to reporters Monday morning, Deal, a Republican, said he didn’t think the bill was necessary.

“I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, of which I and my family have been a part of for all of our lives,” he said.

  • ch

    Just don’t tell them they aren’t being hired for that reason.

  • Harvey Thomas Creech

    In not discriminating against LGBT people in Georgia, Gov. Deal made it possible to discriminate against Christians by violating their 1st Amendment rights of freedom of religion, speech, and assembly. That’s a scary thing. Also letting the gay rights groups, Hollywood, major corporations, and even the NFL threaten and intimidate the governor is very disapointing, to say the least. I hope the GA legislature overrides Gov. Deal’s veto.

  • f105vet

    Yet he discriminates against the religious citizens by not allowing them to follow their beliefs.

  • Phil Esposito

    Deal you chicken shit little pussy. Screw those corporations. You just proved you are bought and paid for.

    • I Seigel

      Yeah, and to hell with the TENS OF THOUSANDS of jobs those corporations bring to Georgia. Let them all be unemployed losers and moochers looking for handouts.

  • mudguy1

    Elected slime like Deal are making America the outhouses of the world.

  • dan

    Can a Catholic Church be force to “marry ” gay,lebos,,trannies i in spilt of their reiligons views ,or Baptist or Jewish or a Muslim house of worships
    Think how far this law can be created out ! Can I as part of a heteraul sexual couple force a Catholic priest to marry us even if we not part of the Catholic Church? What a Jewish or a Muslim couples can their wedding ceremonies be force upon the rabbis or imans THAT IS BIG FAT NO!!!!!!!!!!!! ,So why lgbters are grant a right when the rest of us can not. Hum ?

  • Patriot159

    Amazing how a hand full of gays can hold so many hostage.

    • Harvey Thomas Creech

      Amen. And it doesn’t help when we have wussie governors like Deal and Mike Pence in Indiana or turncoats like the governor of South Dakota

  • Sara

    Does this mean if a guy wants a female “escort”, that the escort organization has to hire a transgender male if he wants the job? Lol, sorry, couldn’t resist, I’m tired of this silliness when we have serious crap to deal with.

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