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    Georgia Governor Vetoes Measure in Gay Rights Dispute

    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal during a press conference in Atlanta to announce he has vetoed legislation allowing clergy to refuse performing gay marriage and protecting people who refuse to attend the ceremonies, March 28, 2016.
    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal during a press conference in Atlanta to announce he has vetoed legislation allowing clergy to refuse performing gay marriage and protecting people who refuse to attend the ceremonies, March 28, 2016.
    Ken Bredemeier

    The governor of the U.S. state of Georgia has vetoed legislation that would have allowed faith-based groups to use their religious beliefs to deny services to gays, acceding to the demands of major corporations that he reject the bill as discriminatory.

    Governor Nathan Deal, a Republican, said he vetoed the measure Monday because he did "not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia."

    Conservative Christian groups in the southern state called for passage of the "religious liberty" bill to protect clergy who refused to perform gay marriages, and churches and affiliated groups from serving or hiring someone if it violated their "sincerely held religious belief."

    But major U.S. corporations, including the Disney entertainment conglomerate, technology giants Apple and Intel, the Time Warner news media company and sports leagues called for Deal to veto the legislation, which had easily passed the Georgia state legislature.  

    The companies said it would excuse discrimination and many threatened to boycott the state if the law took effect.

    Deal said his decision to veto the bill was "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."

    Disputes like the one in Georgia have cropped up in numerous U.S. states in the aftermath of last year's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage.

    Religious conservatives opposed to the high court's ruling have in turn sought, with little success, to win approval for state laws that seek to protect those opposed to providing various services to gays and transgender people, cultural and business decisions they say are based on their religious beliefs.

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    by: meanbill from: USA
    March 28, 2016 6:09 PM
    Since the passing of the 17th amendment to the constitution, the States have lost their state rights to the political parties of the US Senators that helped get them elected? .. The 17th amendment was another political assault on the US constitution (against state rights) that that the founding fathers had fought so hard to preserve and protect?

    Now the US Senators are obligated (and only represent) the political parties that got them elected, and not to the states they represent in congress, [and now], state rights are continuing to be eroded (by the political parties) in Congress and in the courts? .. IF not for the 17th amendment this argument would have been settled by the state legislators? .. and nobody else? .. Think about it? .. Who does the Senator of your state represent in congress, your state or his political party that got him or her elected? .. How do they vote, for your state, or for his or her political party?

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