Georgia Governor Vetoes “Religious Freedom” Bill

By Anthony Zurcher

Facing intense pressure from equal rights groups and business interests, Georgia’s governor, Nathan Deal, vetoed a bill that would have “allowed faith-based organizations to refuse to service gay and transgender people.” The decision was almost certainly influenced by Hollywood figures who threatened to pull productions from the state and the NFL’s suggestion that it would pass on Atlanta for future Super Bowls if the bill were passed. Similar bills are still being considered in a dozen states throughout the U.S., as North Carolina last week enacted a law reversing civil rights protections for gay and transgendered people.