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.
Victory in Georgia! @GovernorDeal will veto discriminatory anti-LGBT bill Thank you to everyone who helped out on this!
— Matt Bomer (@MattBomer) March 28, 2016
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) March 28, 2016
Oh happy day! Moments ago, Governor Deal announced he would veto anti-LGBT legislation that would have granted the … pic.twitter.com/wESHFnMpFc
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) March 28, 2016
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) March 28, 2016
— Bruce Cohen (@BruceCohen83) March 28, 2016
— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) March 28, 2016
GEORGIA GOVERNOR TO VETO ANTI-GAY BILL!. Thank you everyone who stood up & protested in support of LGBT citizens. Your voices were heard.
— Craig Zadan (@craigzadan) March 28, 2016
IBM Statement on Georgia Legislation: pic.twitter.com/y6XXk3nGjD
— IBM (@IBM) March 28, 2016
— Dow Public Policy (@DowPolicy) March 28, 2016
— Brad Smith (@BradSmi) March 28, 2016
— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) March 28, 2016