“We do not need to discriminate against anyone in order to protect the faith-based community in Georgia.”
The measure passed by the state’s Republican-controlled legislature, would give faith-based organizations in Georgia the option to deny services to gay people.
“I believe it is a matter of character for our state,” Deal said in announcing his veto. “Our people every day work side by side without regard to the color of the skin of their fellow mate, or the religion their co-worker might adhere to. They are simply trying to make life better for themselves and their communities. That is the character of Georgia. I am going to do my part to keep it that way. For that reason, I will veto House Bill 757 We do not need to discriminate against anyone in order to protect the faith-based community.”
Deal also said the bill “can lead to discrimination even though it may be totally unintentional.”