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Republican Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is no fan of Religious Freedom bills

Republican Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia
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The Governor of Georgia, Nathan Deal (R), says that he does not want his state to go through what North Carolina and Mississippi are going through with passing Religious Freedom laws.

Deal vetoed House Bill 757 last month, a measure that would have allowed businesses to refuse service to LGBT under the umbrella of religion.

The Governor spoke out, imploring those who are gearing up to draft other bills of this type to think twice before presenting them to the legislature given the heat fellow states have had to endure from big businesses and high-powered celebrities.

“I don’t want to go through the same process all over again,” he said to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s time to take another deep breath. I see what’s happening in North Carolina. I see what’s happening in Mississippi. And I would hope that many of the ones that are pushing for it would not want the state of Georgia to go through that kind of scenario.”

The Republican Governor wanted to make it clear that his veto of HB 757 may not have made everyone happy, but he thought it was for the greater good. 

“I think all of us want to be liked by everybody,” he said. “But when you come to issues like that, you can’t be liked by everybody because people have such divided opinions about something. My job as governor is to do what I think is best in the overall interest of the state of Georgia and its citizens as a whole. And that’s what I did.”