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Monday, March 28, 2016

Georgia governor vetoes anti-gay 'religious liberty' bill

Posted By on Mon, Mar 28, 2016 at 9:33 AM

click to enlarge VETOES ANTI-GAY BILL: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Baptist and a Republican.
  • VETOES ANTI-GAY BILL: Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Baptist and a Republican.
Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, under heavy pressure from major businesses, has vetoed the recently passed anti-gay state legislation styled as a religious liberty bill.

The legislation, is similar, though broader in some respects, to that endorsed by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson and  the Arkansas legislature. In addition to protecting churches and preachers specifically, it generally allows use of religion as a pretext to discriminate against LGBT people in employment, housing and public services.

A veto override in Georgia requires a two-thirds vote of House and Senate. The bill passed by barely over that margin in the Senate, but less in the house. At the time, Deal, a Baptist, departed from the advocacy of his denomination in expressing misgivings. He said his faith couldn't justify discrimination based on religion.

"We do not have a belief, in my way of looking at religion, that says that we have to discriminate against anybody."

"I think what the New Testament teaches us," the governor added, "is that Jesus reached out to those who were considered outcasts."
Even Walmart's espousal of equal protection for LGBT people couldn't persuade most Arkansas politicians.

Deal said this today at his news conference announcing the veto:

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

I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia.

Can I get an amen? Maybe a brokered GOP convention could turn to Nathan Deal. Could we get some money from Asa's quick-action closing fund to get him to relocate to Arkansas?

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