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Backlash rises over faith-based bill
Corporations urge Gov. Deal to veto legislation
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A faith-based bill that won approval in the state House and Senate and is now awaiting the governor's signature is receiving a corporate backlash from opponents who say the legislation is discriminatory against same-sex couples. The Free Exercise Protection Act was written to protect clergy and religious institutions from being forced to perform or engage in ceremonies that violate their fundamental beliefs. Proponents say it strikes a balance between protecting First Amendment rights "while at the same time welcoming all to Georgia without fear of discrimination," according to a summary of the bill prepared by Republican leaders.