Nathan Deal, the Republican governor of Georgia, vetoed a controversial "religious freedom" bill Monday that would have given businesses and nonprofits the freedom to discriminate against LGBT people.
"I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in Georgia, of which I and my family have been a part of for all of our lives," Deal said of House Bill 757.
The bill would have prevented the state government from taking any punitive action against an individual or faith-based organization that speaks or behaves according to a sincerely held "religious or moral conviction" that marriage should only take place between two people of the opposite sex, or that sexual relations should be limited to such a marriage.
In response to its defeat, celebrities, businesses, and public figures, many of whom had joined the Human Rights campaign in urging a boycott should the bill become law, took to Twitter to express their enthusiasm.
See a few of their celebratory messages below.