Governor Deal - Georgia religious liberty bill

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal (pictured) today vetoed the controversial religious liberty bill that had been passed by Georgia lawmakers on March 16, 2016. That veto came after nearly two weeks of increasing opposition by business leaders.

The legislation would have allowed faith-based organizations to deny services to those who violate their religious beliefs. It also would allow organizations to fire employees who did not hold those same beliefs.

The bill was backed by religious conservatives. Upon passing the Georgia Assembly it was quickly opposed not only by gay rights and social activist groups, but also by businesses and business groups.

Business leaders feared that customers, business partners and others would boycott business interests in the state. The Atlanta Metro Chamber of Commerce, the local convention bureau, Disney, Apple, Time Warner and Salesforce were among those opposing the bill.

The fight spilled over onto Twitter. Tech leaders such as Jeremy Stoppelman, the


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Source: Small Business Trends