Gov. Nathan Deal’s biblical case against Georgia’s “religious liberty” proposal provoked a show of support from business behemoths, gay rights activists and left-leaning groups uniting to rally around the Republican. The measure’s supporters, meanwhile, signaled they are digging in for a brutal battle over the last few weeks of the legislative session.
The governor said Thursday he would reject any measure that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith,” and urged religious conservatives not to feel threatened by the ruling. He also called on his fellow Republicans pushing for the measure to take a deep breath and “recognize that the world is changing around us.”
Soon, a litany of corporate chieftains who had warned the measure was discriminatory praised the governor’s stance. This came Friday from Paul Polman, the chief executive of Unilever: