Gov. Nathan Deal
Gov. Nathan Deal (Courtesy CBS46)

Gov. Nathan Deal announced at a press conference this morning that he would veto House Bill 757 – the so-called “religious liberty” bill, which caused fierce backlash from the business community.  More than 500 businesses are on record in opposition to the legislation, Hollywood studios threatened to abandon the state and two companies exploring moving here dropped Georgia from consideration over HB 757.

Opponents said the broad wording of the bill left room for discrimination against gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, singles, unmarried partners and those of other faiths.

“Their efforts to purge this bill of any possibility that it would allow or encourage discrimination illustrates how difficult it is to legislate something that is best left to the broad protections of the First Amendment,” Deal said.

Republican legislators have hinted they might call a special session to try and override Deal’s veto.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.