By Jada Haynes
After much criticism and many companies stating they’ll leave the state, Georgia’s Gov. Nathan Deal announced on Monday he’ll veto House Bill 757, also known as the “Religious Liberty” bill.
One of the bill’s stated purposes is to protect faith-based businesses and property owners from an “infringement of religious freedom.” However, people in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) spaces contend this is just a way to allow open discrimination against their community.
Furthermore, various corporations including but not limited to The Walt Disney Co., its child company Marvel, and AMC–which films “The Walking Dead” in Georgia–threatened to take their business elsewhere if the bill was passed.
According to a State of Georgia news release, Deal said in a recent news conference that previous versions of HB 757 used language in a way that might “give rise to state-sanctioned discrimination,” so he and others took issue with this and voiced their concerns.
Deal went on to say it was neither the outcry nor potential money loss that drove him to veto the bill. It was because “Georgia is a welcoming state filled with warm, friendly and loving people… working to make life better for our families and our communities.”
This story was written by Jada Haynes and originally published on Slant News.