After Hollywood, the NFL, and many corporations threatened to boycott the Peach state over House Bill 757, which would allow faith-based organizations to discriminate against the LGBT community, Governor Nathan Deal has walked back his state’s very bad plan.
On Monday, according to CNN, Deal announced that the bill was inappropriate, but that he’d come this conclusion on his own—not because of the financial threat of several major industries pulling out of the state to the extent of their ability. He just realized that the law was kind of extra!
“I do not think we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, of which I and my family have been a part of for all of our lives,” he said.
His decision was made by thinking “about the character of our state and the character of our people. Georgia is a welcoming state. It is full of loving, kind and generous people... I intend to do my part to keep it that way. For that reason I will veto House Bill 757.”
Let’s be honest, governors don’t get re-elected if people don’t have jobs, and their state’s economy would have been threatened significantly by the heartening industry response to the bill. Naturally, those who support HB 757 are attempting to override Deal’s veto by calling a special session—but maybe they’ll just go fuck themselves instead.
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