Gov. Deal vetoes religious liberty bill

ATLANTA (WDEF) – Georgia governor vetoes religious exemptions bill protecting same-sex marriage opponents.

“We do not have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith based community.”

“It’s about the character of our state and the character of our people… Georgia is a welcoming state.”

The Governor said he did not respond to insults hurled his way by some faith-based members or to threats made by out of state business interests.

He says if it had remained just a bill to protect ministers, he would have signed it.

The Governor made his statement to the press Monday morning and left without taking questions.

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Georgia Governor vetoes religious exemptions bill
By KATHLEEN FOODY
Associated Press

ATLANTA (AP) – Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal has vetoed legislation allowing clergy to refuse performing gay marriage and protecting people who refuse to attend the ceremonies.

The Republican rejected the bill on Monday.

Republican majorities passed the bill to broadly protect people acting on 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.

Churches and affiliated religious groups also could have declined to serve or hire someone based on their faith.

The bill’s opponents said it excused discrimination and could trample local ordinances protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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.

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