ATLANTA (AP) — Baptist clergy members in Georgia are picking sides over a bill that supporters say protects religious freedom.
Opponents say the bill will lead to discrimination against LGBT people or members of other religious faiths. Both groups held events at the Georgia Capitol on Wednesday.
The bill's sponsor Rep. Sam Teasley is a Republican from Marietta. Teasley told reporters that he would not tweak the bill's language to specifically prevent corporations from using it. He says the bill mirrors a federal version.
Republican state Sen. Josh McKoon plans a similar bill. He says other lawmakers can propose specific anti-discrimination bills if they choose.
It's not clear how much support the bill has with General Assembly leaders. Republican House Speaker David Ralston has said he's not sure the bill is necessary.