On the morning of March 28, 2016, Gov. Nathan Deal cemented his legacy as a Georgia governor who chose inclusion over discrimination. Gov. Deal has indicated that he will veto this year’s religious “freedom” bill, HB 757, which would have allowed nonprofits to discriminate against members of the gay community, among others.
We applaud Gov. Deal for making the right decision for the people of Georgia. It was clear from Deal’s impassioned speech — which invoked faith and the Constitution — that he has heard all of you who have been fighting with us against anti-gay legislation for the last three years.
“I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith based community in Georgia of which my family and I are a part of for all of our lives,” said Gov. Deal. “Our people work side by side without regard to the color of our skin, or the religion we adhere to. We are working to make life better for our families and our communities. That is the character of Georgia.”
This victory belongs to you.
It’s a victory for all of you who have made phone calls, sent emails or taken any action on Georgia’s so-called religious “freedom” bills. It is a victory for Georgians and a victory for Civil Rights. Let’s enjoy this important moment in Georgia’s history.