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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

A Tale Of Two Governors

South Carolina Governor Pat McCrory chose to follow the will of the people of his state by signing a bill that would reverse pro-transgender rules for public restrooms. Georgia Governor Nathan Deal was unwilling to take a similar stand against gay activists. A bill from the Georgia legislature came to his desk that would protect pastors and religious nonprofits from having to participate in gay weddings. Governor Deal vetoed the bill. He claimed it did not reflect the values of the people of Georgia.

The real culprit in Georgia is intense pressure from the big business. Companies like Disney, Apple, and the National Football League came out against this legislation. Some warned that they would take their business elsewhere if the legislation was signed. The NFL even threatened not to host a future Superbowl in Atlanta. Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation summed up the situation by saying that the big business lobby “want to freely operate in Georgia according to their values, but they don’t want small-business competitors to be free to do the same.” Unlike Governor McCrory in South Carolina, Governor Deal of Georgia was unwilling to stand up to the pressure from big business.

Businesses, ministers, and religious nonprofits should have the right to refuse to participate in same-sex weddings. The First Amendment of the Constitution clearly gives everyone the right to exercise their religious faith. Governor Deal should have signed the bill to protect the citizens of Georgia and their constitutional right. Instead he chose to bow to big business interests and the gay lobby, which demands more and more rights at the expense of everyone else and especially Christians. Our nation needs more Governors like Governor McCrory who are willing to stand up for the rights of their constituents against loud liberal corporations and activists.

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