Georgia Governor to Veto Anti-Gay Religious Liberty Bill

Nathan Deal Georgia Religious Liberity
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal will veto the religious liberty bill dubbed by critics as “anti-gay” — House Bill 757 — after mounting pressure from major corporations and media companies, he announced Monday morning.

“Georgia is a welcoming state. It is full of loving, kind and generous people,” Deal said. “And that is what we should want.”

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

Hollywood studios and media companies had condemned the measure, and Disney, Marvel, the Weinstein Company and Netflix had threatened to shun the state for TV and movie production. They joined a list of corporations, including Apple and Salesforce, as well as the NFL, that had expressed dismay over the measure.

Deal announced his veto in a statement to the press on Monday.

The MPAA had expressed confidence early last week that Deal would veto the measure. The governor has been a champion of growing the state’s production base, which represented $1.7 billion in spending in fiscal 2015, according to state officials.

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, had called on studios to withhold productions from the state if the governor signed the legislation.

One of the most visible supporters in the state senate, Josh McKoon, defended the legislation, and said Monday on Twitter, “It is a fantasy to suggest this bill would harm anyone.”

The bill would have allowed faith-based organizations to refuse service to those who conflict with their “sincerely held religious” beliefs, and also allow them to terminate employees who violated those beliefs.

“Some of those in the religious community who support this bill have resorted to insults that question my moral convictions and my character,” Deal said. “Some within the business community who oppose this bill have resorted to threats of withdrawing jobs from our state. I do not respond well to insults or threats. The people of Georgia deserve a leader who will made sound judgments based on solid reasons that are not inflamed by emotion. That is what I intend to do.

“Our actions on HB 757 are not just about protecting the faith-based community or providing a business-friendly climate for job growth in Georgia. … This is about the character of our State and the character of its people.”

Read Deal’s full remarks here.

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  1. E Walker says:

    But it is alright to discriminate against Christians, WOW!

  2. IT--2--IT says:

    Routine, ‘MAY–SIN’ staged, —FAKE—- opposition
    in this, the 11th HOUR of RED CHINA handover TREASON
    and now OPEN globalist mafia USURPATION and TAKE DOWN.

  3. Love the World or Love God says:

    You can either Love the World of the Flesh or you can Love God Jesus Christ of Heaven. Homosexuals live in the way of the world and so do their supporters. Instead of building up treasure in Heaven, they choose an Earthly life. It’s better to be belittled by man than chastised by Lord God Almighty! Many people claiming to be Christians or Judging Christians have no concept of what Authentic Christianity is. You can lose the battle, but win the war. Instead of being a close personal friend of Barack Obama or some Political Elite that makes you “special”. You can choose a personal relationship with Lord Jesus Christ creator of Heaven & Earth. God is more powerful than any GA Gov. He’s more powerful than the false Deity Barack Obama. Joy will turn to sorrow. Look at Sodom & Gomorra. You can choose to please God or you can please yourself. In the end it takes a bigger person to stand with God, than to cave in to man.

  4. Love Thy Neighbour says:

    Good! Now maybe Georgia will cease being the laughingstock of the entire enlightened Western World.

  5. BillUSA says:

    C – O – W – A – R – D

  6. John says:

    Of course he did. He’s been bought by Hollywood. All you have to do to succeed in politics is say yes to money.

  7. KLM says:

    It is a lifestyle that is rejected by the vast majority of Earth’s citizens… and rightfully so. No judge or pressured politician will change that fact. I do not watch any shows with homosexuals on them, and I do not patronize places sympathetic to the homosexual lifestyle, and I never will, and I’m “young.” I know very few young people, especially college age, that think it is “normal” or “fine.” We get along with people, but clearly reject this lifestyle in overwhelming numbers. So saying that young people are “fine” with homosexuality is colossally wrong and uninformed.

  8. smith says:

    All of the anti-gay people are fighting losing battles. There is a whole new generation coming up and us young people don’t give a crap about if you’re gay or not. Keep fighting old people…you have lost already.

    • Queenie says:

      You must be nuts if you think young people think it’s okay to be gay. This is not a sitcom. I have many friends, live right off Wilshire and Robertson, and I don’t know ANYONE my age that thinks being gay is cool. Just the opposite.

    • cadavra says:

      Hey, don’t put all of us old people in that basket. Many of us were hippies then and still believe in all that peace-love-equality stuff we fought for in the 60s. We await the passing of our hateful contemporaries just as much as you do.

      • janice says:

        What makes you think you’re not going to die first? Typical liberal… trying to outlive everyone that disagrees with them. Utterly pointless and stupid.

    • Mitchem says:

      You’re reading too much liberal media. Young people are just as repulsed by this abnormal behavior as everyone else, and such behavior will never be universally accepted as normal. It’s absurd.

  9. He is vetoing the bill because when push comes to money, Republicans always vote with their purse strings. He is no friend of gay community…but when the state would lose millions of dollars from companies pulling out, then he’d get blamed for that too.

  10. Jamie dayton says:

    All I have to say is Georgia should not veto the bill and carry on with what the majority of people want is the right to say “no to gays”. In my business I have the right to not do business with gays and will never do business with sinners like this. It makes me sick to even think of all the nasty things gay people do. Shane on the ones that give into gay rights.

    • Sam says:

      You have no problems and issues doing business with gang members, entitlement 20 somethings, people living off of welfare/disability, certain faiths that women are beneath men, and people who lived in this country illegally for years and still can’t speak English. Yet, you have a problem if gay people want to do business with you. Thanks for the information.

    • cadavra says:

      Hey, Hugh, 1983 called–they want their talking point back.

      • Armored says:

        Hey cadavra, what was true in 1983 is even MORE true today. get your head out of the place you seek sexual satisfaction.

      • cadavra says:

        Isn’t it interesting how all the anti-gay folks invariably resort to gay imagery in their retorts.

    • Cinephile says:

      Spoken like a true piece of human garbage. It is people like you who fuel the hate in the world. Don’t bother trying to post a retort, I’d hate for you to be late to your Klan meeting.

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