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  • Some Georgia Republicans Threaten Special Session to Override Governor's Veto of Anti-Gay Bill

    Lawmakers Angered by Veto of 'Religious Freedom' Bill

    Republican state lawmakers are threatening to convene a special session for the singular purpose of overriding Governor Nathan Deal's announced veto this morning of an anti-gay discriminatory "religious freedom" bill. The Republican governor told constituents, "I can find no examples that any of the things this bill seeks to protect us against have ever occurred in Georgia."

    But state GOP Sen. Mike Crane (photo), who is also running for Congress, has launched a campaign to convince fellow lawmakers an "emergency" exists and they must return to the state capitol to override his upcoming veto.

    That may or may not present a challenge itself. The Atlanta Journal Constitution explains.

    "Three-fifths of the members of both the House and Senate have to 'certify to the governor in writing … that in their opinion an emergency exists in the affairs of the state.'"

    That would require 108 members of the House and 34 members of the Senate to call themselves back in. House Bill 757, the source of all this hubbub, received the votes of 104 of the 118 Republican members of the Georgia House and of 37 of the 39 Republican members of the Senate.

    Crane issued a statement as soon as the Governor made his announcement.

    "This fight is not over," Crane insists. "Today I am calling for a special session to override the Governor’s veto and protect the First Amendment rights of law abiding and hardworking voters throughout this state."

    He already has a petition on his campaign website, blaming "a leftist-driven movement" that he claims "has spread misinformation about the law, threatened boycotts and fomented false rhetoric in the media and online." 

    "All Americans who live according to their religious beliefs should be free from fear of government punishment," Crane says.

    Crane is not alone. The AJC adds that "Sen. Bill Heath, R-Newnanlast week said if Deal vetoed the bill he’d want his colleagues back at the Capitol to consider an override."

    And religious crusader Sen. Josh McKoon was quick to weigh in as well. 

    “The question we have to resolve is whether or not government is going to be used to punish people with a particular point of view,” he said.

    Georgia Republican House Speaker issued this statement on the governor's veto:

    A special session would cost taxpayers, at minimum, $41,000 per day.

     

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    • commented 2016-03-29 21:00:50 -0400
      What the hell is wrong with these F*n Republicans? Insane.

    • commented 2016-03-29 14:24:21 -0400
      How are those idiots going to explain the lost revenue when those who threaten to boycott, if that law is passed by overriding the veto, follow through and pretty much devastate their economy in the name of “religious freedom”?

    • commented 2016-03-29 11:30:15 -0400
      There is no punishment for living your life based on your faith. There is punishment if you break the law and violate someone’s civil rights. It’s like both sides are fighting the exact same fight but the conservatives don’t get it. They don’t like being discriminated against and neither does anyone else. They just seem to think their belief in god gives them the privilege.

    • commented 2016-03-29 08:32:53 -0400
      Stop wasting taxpayers money on your bigotry and hate

    • commented 2016-03-29 08:15:57 -0400
      Let them reconvene and override the veto and watch the state crumble as all the business runs out of the state.

    • commented 2016-03-28 22:13:13 -0400
      for the last 8 years to the present, Republicans Sucks , i do remember hearing liberty and justice for ALL, not some

    • commented 2016-03-28 17:11:03 -0400
      Bruce Hogman, this is the most beautifully constructed deconstruction of the religious right’s imaginary persecution that I have ever seen. Well said.

    • commented 2016-03-28 15:42:01 -0400
      Religious rights are protected, by law.
      Acts claiming to be motivated by religious thought are not protected.
      Acts that hurt other people are crimes.
      People who claim to be Christians should follow that Semitic Aramaic-speaking learned Jewish Rabbi, who preached Love of all people and inclusion of all people.
      Those people who hate, who discriminate, are simply not Christians despite what they claim. Their acts show them to be hypocrites.

    • commented 2016-03-28 14:00:28 -0400
      The religious right are loathsome vermin…

    • commented 2016-03-28 13:24:21 -0400
      because well, why bother wth jobs bills, or making sure veterans have homes and healthcare, when hey, you can show everyone how “christian” you are by denying basic civil and human rights to a group of people. I guess the word ALL in the phrase liberty and justice for all is a touch too difficult for the gop.

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