The Georgia House of Representatives [last] Thursday passed, in a 161-0 vote, a bill known as the “Pastor Protection Act,” to reassure clergy they will not be forced to perform same-sex weddings. The vote is unlikely to end debate over as many as nine other bills meant to expand religious freedom that are currently pending in the Georgia legislature.
In a rare speech before the chamber, House Speaker David Ralston called for lawmakers to come together.
“It is my hope on an issue of this importance, and charged with such deep emotion, that this bill can be the first productive discussion,” he said.
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