Why Deal Vetoed RFRA
Radio Commentary, 90.7, 91.7 New Life FM, May 13, 2016 – By Sue Ella Deadwyler
On March 28, 2016, Governor Nathan Deal explained his veto of H.B. 757 that was introduced as the Pastor Protection Act, and became an issue to him when it was amended into the more comprehensive religious liberty bill that passed.
In the complete transcript of his explanation about the veto, Governor Deal referred to cases in other states. Concerning the New Mexico photographer who refused to photograph a same-sex wedding, the governor explained that New Mexico’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act was NOT used in that decision, because it did not apply to the case.
However, New Mexico’s Human Rights Act was used to determine the outcome of the photographer’s case. But, Georgia has NO Human Rights Act that could require a business to compromise religious beliefs to satisfy customers.
Then he cited the bakery case in Colorado where Colorado’s Public Accommodation Act prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation. Georgia has NO public accommodations act prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation. We dodged THAT bullet this year, when H.B. 849 whimpered and died in committee, but the issue is far from dead. Continue reading