ATLANTA- – The governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal, revealed that he vetoed legislation allowing clergy to refuse performing gay marriage. Additionally, the same bill protected people who refuse to attend the ceremonies, a ridiculous clause since all people invited to weddings may refuse to attend depending on an extensive number legitimate factors unrelated to discrimination.
The Republican rejected the bill on Monday.
The bill proposed by Republican majorities in the state, passed the broadly worded law to protect people acting on their religion.
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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