Gay rights groups and activists across the nation have been very vocal about the unethical nature of Georgia’s “Religious Liberty” Bill also known as Bill 757. Even celebrities, such as Tyler Perry, have publicly vocalized their thoughts against this bill.
The bill was unexpectedly passed on March 17th which would allow citizens of Georgia to discriminate against the LGBT community based on their religious beliefs.
Fortunately, Deal stood on the right side of the law as news came out today (March 28, 2016) that he has made a wise decision to VETO the bill. According to AJC.com, Deal is quoted saying:
“Our people work side by side without regard to the color of our skin, or the religion we adhere to,” he said. “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,” he said. “For that reason, I will veto HB 757.”
“No one should face discrimination because of who they are or who they love,” said GLAAD President & CEO @sarahkateellis. “Today, Governor Deal stood on the right side of history and sent a clear message to the nation that hate is not a value of the Peach State. Other legislators must now take notice that corporate America, Hollywood, and everyday citizens demand acceptance and won’t tolerate writing discrimination into law.”
For more information visit http://www.glaad.org/blog/license-discriminate-bill-ga-be-vetoed