Georgia Governor Nathan Deal really has had it with so-called religious freedom bills in his state.
Speaking out for the first time since his veto of House Bill 757 last month, the state’s Republican governor hopes those planning to propose a similar bill will be mindful of the backlash other states are facing right now after their governors signed such bills into law.
‘I don’t want to go through the same process all over again,’ he tells 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.’
Deal realizes that no matter what he does in cases like this, some people will be unhappy with him.
‘I think all of us want to be liked by everybody,’ he admits. ‘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.’