Vote set on Georgia bill protecting gay marriage objectors

Same Sex Marriage graphic
Same Sex Marriage graphic

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s state Senate is set to vote on a bill allowing faith-based organizations to refuse services to same-sex couples without government penalties, including loss of taxpayer funding.

House Bill 757 is included on the full Senate’s agenda for Friday. The measure combines a Senate proposal shielding adoption agencies, schools and other organizations from penalty for opposing same-sex marriage and a bill unanimously approved by the House allowing religious officials to decline performing the unions.

The bill protecting clergy received little resistance from gay-rights advocates or the state’s business community. But both groups remain worried about the Senate additions.

Gay-rights supporters say the Senate additions allow groups to discriminate against same-sex couples. The Georgia and Metro Atlanta chambers of commerce this week said the bill needs work to prevent economic backlash.

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