Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said this week he will veto controversial legislation that would have allowed faith-based organizations to deny services and jobs to those it disagrees with.
Called a “religious liberty” bill, HB 757 was a backlash to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year that ruled gay couples have the right to get married.
The legislation was similar to bills in other states that have been introduced in the wake of that Supreme Court ruling. Those bills have been pushed by various Christian religious organizations that believe the clergy and related religious institutions are under fire from the gay community. In some states, this legislation has been titled “Pastor Protection Act” in a bid to frame the debate as protecting ministers from having to perform gay marriages.
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