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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Thursday made clear he would “reject any measure that ‘allows discrimination in our state in order to protect people of faith,’” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

The statement came as momentum builds for House Bill 757 which already passed the Georgia Senate, and would allow opponents of same-sex marriage to cite religious beliefs in denying services to gay couples.

Ed Bastian, incoming CEO of Delta Air Lines, praised Deal on his position.

“Delta applauds Governor Deal for his leadership and clear message that discrimination of any kind is unacceptable,” Ed said.  “With a diverse workforce that includes more than 30,000 employees across Georgia, we fully support Governor Deal rejecting a bill, including Bill 757, that would do anything other than uphold equality and ensure Georgia remains a welcoming state for everyone.”

Delta is a member of Georgia Prospers – a coalition of more than 450 Georgia companies which supports workplaces and communities that are diverse and welcoming for all people. 

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