Georgia governor vetoes religious exemptions bill on gay marriage


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**Georgia governor vetoes religious exemptions bill on gay marriage **

Monday March 28, 2016 AP via Columbus Dispatch

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday said he will veto legislation shielding opponents of same-sex marriage, after a groundswell of opposition from companies threatening to boycott the state if it became law.

The Republican announced his decision during a news conference in his office at the Georgia Capitol, saying, “I have examined the protections that this bill proposes to provide to the faith based community and I can find no examples of any of those circumstances occurring in our state."

Deal added, “I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia.”…


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Georgia Governor Caves to Big Business, Vetoes Religious Freedom

dailysignal.com/2016/03/28/georgia-governor-caves-to-big-business-vetoes-religious-freedom/


#3

Leave it to “small-government” Republicans to waste taxpayer money attempting to deny people their rights while ignoring the actual problems in their municipalities.

“Crumbling infrastructure, stagnant wages, crime, poor-performing schools – who cares? The gays over there are trying to buy a wedding cake. Let’s get 'em!”

They’re the absolute worst.


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What a coward. He hasn’t seen the threat? Really? Maybe there haven’t been lawsuits yet in his state, but they are coming. Money over morals.


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=Siegehammer;13783825]Leave it to “small-government” Republicans to waste taxpayer money attempting to deny people their rights while ignoring the actual problems in their municipalities.

I always find it amusing when the left is suddenly concerned about GOP spending when it comes to protecting children, but seems fine with President Obama doubling the national debt. :tsktsk:

There is no right to enter into a particular bathroom.

Crumbling infrastructure, stagnant wages, crime, poor-performing schools – who cares?

Evidently, not government unions or the Democrats opposed to school choice and who lack the understanding that less people, more regulation = less tax revenue.

The gays over there ! They are trying to buy a wedding cake. Let’s get 'em

First of all, a business in a TRULY free society would be able to refuse service to anyone for any reason.

Secondly, it’s actually straights (many of whom would also throw the same GLBTQ folks under the bus if it suited them) who are spearheading much of the effort to discriminate against and persecute Christians.

They’re the absolute worst.

Pretty much the last hope for the USA, actually, especially since liberals are the ones inventing rights out of the thin air of whatever way the secular culture is blowing.


#6

More evidence of a dictatorship in operation. The goal is “cultural change.”

Ed


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Nobody is trying to keep gays from buying wedding cakes, but a homosexual’s right to buy one shouldn’t impose an obligation on someone to bake it for him/her. Voluntary transactions between consenting adults are a hallmark of small government.


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Someone buying a cake should really not bother someone else to be rather honest. Its a cake not funding the entire wedding.


#10

And yet, it still should be the baker’s choice. THERE ARE OTHER BAKERS!


#11

No, no, no. Hillary Clinton says what we need is “religious change”. All we need to do is reject the teachings of the Church and we’ll be fine with her.


#12

From the GLAAD web site:

“GLAAD rewrites the script for LGBT acceptance. As a dynamic media force, GLAAD tackles tough issues to shape the narrative and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change. GLAAD protects all that has been accomplished and creates a world where everyone can live the life they love.”

One politician does not interest me. Groups like this, and it’s not the only one, do.

Ed


#13

This is super news. I think there is still one state in the news that is heavily anti-GLBT.


#14

If huge corporations had torpedoed a bill friendly to lefty causes, again, they’d be rioting in the streets. Apparently it’s okay for giant corporations to hijack the legal process when it advances the leftist agenda.

Don’t cheer too loudly about this, liberals. Your credibility is fragile enough as it is.


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Excellent point.

Here is the summary of the contents of the bill:

HB 757

Domestic relations; religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies in violation of their legal right; provide

Official Summary: A BILL to be entitled an Act to protect religious freedoms; to amend Chapter 3 of Title 19 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to marriage generally, so as to provide that religious officials shall not be required to perform marriage ceremonies in violation of their legal right to free exercise of religion; to amend Chapter 1 of Title 10 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to selling and other trade practices, so as to change certain provisions relating to days of rest for employees of business and industry; to protect property owners which are religious institutions against infringement of religious freedom; to define a term; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
legislativenavigator.myajc.com/#bills/HB/757

I honestly don’t see how this is anti-gay. It clearly states the bill’s purpose and limitations. The slippery slope argument is a red herring; the legislation was railroaded by aggressive gay rights activism. Too often the true God of the GOP is the all mighty dollar, here, decked out as ‘tolerance’ albeit ‘tolerance of corporate power’.


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Come on, now, you know you can’t say it’s not anti-Gay if the alphabet soup brigade says it IS! (While stomping feet). What are you thinking???:rolleyes: Never mind free exercise of religion, they’re working on that…freedom from religion is next on the imagine tour. It’s the only way, after all, to make what will never be right universally accepted.


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“heavily anti-LGBT” is the wrong way to comprehend what is happening. The goal is total acceptance by everyone. That means non-LGBT persons. People need to understand that. Whether you like it or not, you will become one with the dictatorship.

We got our own way of walkin’
We got our way of talkin’

From the song: The “In” Crowd

Ed


#18

He should have signed it. It would have beaten back the liberal agenda.


#19

This bill was only about pastors and faith-based institutions - it did absolutely nothing to “protect” bakers, florists, etc… It was an unnecessary bill and Governor Deal told that to the legislators well before the bill landed on his desk.


#20

The man is a republican, in a heavy republican state once you take Atlanta and Savannah out of the picture. I keep telling you guys, republicans talk a lot of smack but at the last moment have no back bone.


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