March 28, 2016

Georgia governor vetoes anti-gay bill

Salon - Georgia Governor Nathan Deal has vetoed a bill that would discriminate against LGBT folks by allowing “religious liberty.”

The bill’s opponents said it excused discrimination and could trample local ordinances protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Deal makes his veto out to be about “the character of our state and the character of our people,” asserting that “Georgia is a welcoming state; it is full of loving, kind and generous people.” ....

The decision, though, probably has more to do with Hollywood television and film productions pulling out of the state if the bill were to pass, as Disney and a host of other entertainment corporations and artists threatened to do. And the NFL and NCAA also warned the governor that signing the bill would imperil Georgia’s chances to land the Super Bowl and basketball championships.

Deal has spoken about Christianity and tolerance going together, but the thought of signing away the “Super Bowl” and “The Walking Dead” with one sweep of his pen may have been overwhelming

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