Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal has made it clear that he will not support any legislation that allows people to use religion to discriminate.
In stark terms, the Republican said he would reject any measure that “allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith,” and urged religious conservatives not to feel threatened by the ruling. He also called on his fellow Republicans pushing for the measure to take a deep breath and "recognize that the world is changing around us.”
Deal has already called on lawmakers to make changes to the proposal, which has passed the Georgia Senate. It would allow opponents of same-sex marriage to cite religious beliefs in denying services to gay couples. On Thursday, he made clear that he wouldn’t be disappointed if even a variation of that measure fails to pass the Legislature when the session ends in late March.
The legislation in question, HB 757, is a state FADA that would allow individuals to ignore state and local laws to that conflict with their belief that marriage is “between a man and a woman” and that “sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage.”
The Governor also drew upon the Bible for his case against HB 757, stating, "We do not have a belief in my way of looking at religion that says we have to discriminate against anybody. If you were to apply those standards to the teaching of Jesus, I don’t think they fit.”