Georgia governor to veto ‘Anti-LGBT’ bill

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said this morning he will veto House Bill 757, also known by critics as the “anti-LGBT” bill.

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

Opponents of the bill, also known as the Free Exercise Protection Act, argued that it discriminates against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people.

The bill includes language that protects clergy members from performing marriage rites that violate their religious beliefs and businesses from opening on their respective Sabbath.

The bill says the government can’t intrude on the religious rights of an organization or an individual unless it has a strong interest to do so.

Last week Human Rights Campaign, the largest LGBT civil rights advocacy group in the nation, submitted a letter to Deal with a long list of Hollywood A-players, including Anne Hathaway and Julianne Moore, that said they won’t work in the state unless the bill is vetoed.

“We pride ourselves on running inclusive companies, and while we have enjoyed a positive partnership on productions in Georgia, we will plan to take our business elsewhere if any legislation sanctioning discrimination is signed into state law,” the letter states.

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