Under this mounting pressure, Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed the controversial “religious liberty” bill. When speaking in a press conference yesterday, he said that House Bill 757 is not reflective of Georgia’s “warm, friendly and loving people”.
He went on to say: “Our people work side by side without regard to the color of our skin, or the religion we adhere to. We are working to make life better for our families and our communities. That is the character of Georgia. I intend to do my part to keep it that way. For that reason, I will veto HB 757.”
As you may recall, this anti-gay bill would have allowed pastors not to perform same-sex marriages if it made them uncomfortable. While that in itself is not particularly problematic, the bill had other things too. It would have also allowed faith-based organizations in the state the option to refuse service to anyone and also not hire or retain employees.
The Human Rights Campaign also expressed concern that it could “permit hospitals to refuse to provide medically necessary care” to LGBT people.
But thankfully, the enormous pressure from monoliths such as Disney, Marvel, Apple and many more has helped Governor Deal see the light and veto this discriminatory bill.